Today 3 December, 2022

Tragedy; 37 dead in ghastly road accident as FRSC contacts Police CP for mass burial

Tragedy; 37 dead in ghastly road accident as FRSC contacts Police CP for mass burial

Thirty-seven persons on Tuesday died in a motor accident that occurred along the ever-busy Damaturu-Maiduguri highway in Borno State, while eight others were injured.

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It was gathered that the accident occurred at about 1000hrs along the Maiduguri to Damaturu road very close to a village called Jakana involving three vehicles – two Hummer buses and 1 Golf saloon car.

The Zonal Commanding Officer (ZCO), Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Zone 12 comprising Bauchi, Borno and Yobe States, ACM Rotimi Adeleye who confirmed the incident to journalist said that the two Hummer buses that were conveying passengers collided, and immediately caught fire while the 37 people involved died on the spot as they were burnt beyond recognition.

He said that FRSC immediately deployed men for a rescue mission where they liaised with the Borno State Commissioner of Police to obtain a court order for the mass burial of the victims.

Adeleye pointed out that the Hummer buses were coming from opposite directions where one had tyre burst and then had a head-on collision with the other before going up in flames. The Golf coming behind ran into them with little impact.

He stated that excessive overspeeding was the major cause of the accident and warned motorists to desist from overspeeding.

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