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FRSC: 6 killed,6 others injured in auto crash in Niger; to impound smoky vehicles

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Written by Maritime First

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said six persons were killed and six others sustained various injuries in an accident in Malam Tanko village on Abuja – Kaduna road of Tafa  Local Government Area of Niger.

Mr Kumar Tsukwam, the state Sector Commander, told the newsmen in Minna on Thursday that two commercial busses loaded with 17 passengers were involved in the road mishap.

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Tsukwam said the accident occurred on Wednesday at about 5:50 p.m., explaining that the accident involved two commercial buses marked BRE147 XA and other one without the registration number.

He said five others among the 17 were unhurt.

” The victims and the corpses were taken to Sabon Wuse General Hospital and the vehicles were handed over to the police division in Tafa LGA,” he said.

The commander blamed the accident on speeding, diversion and loss of control.

He advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits to avoid crashes.

The road safety officer said the corps would continue to monitor road users to guard against dangerous driving.

In the meantime, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), says it will henceforth impound smoky vehicles operating within Enugu state to forestall road crashes.

The State Sector Commander, Mr Joseph Toby said this in an interview with the newsmen in Enugu on Thursday.

Toby decried the rising spate of crashes caused by excessive smoking vehicles that had continued to be a recurring decimal on the roads in the state.

According to him, how can one have articulated vehicles used for commercial purposes daily, and leave the same unattended to or fixed.

“It is becoming a common sight to see smoky articulated trucks, luxury buses and tankers that are emitting smoke so much.

“Why would someone in his right mind doing business with a truck, allow it to over smoke and choke drivers of other vehicles and road users?

“In an attempt to maneuver past such smoky vehicles, the unsuspecting vehicles in defensive driving crash on another vehicle parked along the road or those on the motion.

“We have reached a point that FRSC says no and henceforth, the vehicles will be impounded and it will remain impounded even after the fine has been paid until they are fixed and roadworthy.”

The commander urged vehicle owners to always ensure their vehicles were road worthy, adding that most crashes were caused by human error and carelessness.

“Road users, especially vehicle owners, should assist the FRSC and its stakeholders to reduce road crashes to the barest minimum in the state by fixing their vehicles,” he said.


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