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19 die, 26 injured in Kano auto crash — FRSC

Road accident: 24 lives lost daily from January to June 2023 in Nigeria

No fewer than 19 persons died while 26 others were injured in an auto crash at Bagauda near the Nigeria Law School campus on the Kano-Zaria road in Minjibir local government area.

The FRSC sector commander in the state, Zubairu Mato, confirmed the incident in a statement issued to newsmen on Thursday in Kano.

He said that the accident involved two commercial Hiace buses with registration numbers KBT 152 XA and NSR 275 ZX.

“We received a call at about 7:30 a.m. on Jan.6, 2022. On receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicle to the scene of the incident to rescue the victims at 7:40 a.m.,” Mato said.

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The sector commander said that the accident occurred as a result of excessive speed, dangerous driving and loss of control, which led to a head-on collision, as the two vehicles caught fire instantly.

“The accident involved a total of 45 passengers in the two buses, out of which 14 adult males, four adult females and one male child lost their lives while 26 others sustained serious injuries,” he said.

Mato said the injured were taken to Kura General Hospital for treatment, while the corpses of the deceased were handed over to their relatives at the Bebeji Police Division.

The sector commander advised motorists to avoid speeding, overtaking, dangerous driving and any infraction that could lead to road crashes, especially using phone while driving. NAN