Sunday the 31st of March brought a fatal accident that occurred on Bauchi-Gombe road in the northern part of Nigeria. The road accident claimed 13 people's life and left 6 people with varying degrees of injuries.
The fatal and regrettable incident involved a Sharon bus loaded with 13 passengers and a Toyota Camry, itself carrying six passengers. It transpired that the accident was as a result of two vehicles having a head-on collision at about 2:30 p.m.
The accident that claimed so many lives
Commenting on the mishap, the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, Kamal Abubakar affirmed :
“With a heavy heart, the Bauchi State Police Command regrets to inform the general public that there was a fatal motor vehicle accident today, Sunday, March 31, 2019, around 2.30pm along the Bauchi-Gombe Road involving two vehicles, a Sharon bus loaded with 13 passengers and a Toyota Camry loaded with six passengers.”
The spokesperson of the Bauchi police went on to narrate the circumstances around the accident and finished with the information that the wounded survivors were dispatched to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for immediate treatment. “Unfortunately, on reaching the hospital, 13 passengers were confirmed dead by the medical doctor, while six are still on admission,” said Kamal Abubakar.
The officer informed the press that the names and addresses of those who were involved in the accident are yet to be released. He urged members of the public who know that their family member(s) travelled along Bauchi-Gombe road during that period and are missing to take steps to check at the ATBU Teaching Hospital for the dead passengers or the casualties. Among those involved in the tragic occurrence where men, women and children.
Nigeria continues to record high levels of accident despite policing of the highways by FRSC and efforts of the government to increase road rehabilitation. The minister of works, Babatunde Fashola, who is in charge of roads, recently drew public ire when he stated publicly that bad roads are not the major cause of road accidents in the country. (Read more at: Fashola: reckless driving causes accidents, not bad roads)
Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) continues efforts to keep Nigeria's roads accident free
The Public Relation Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Bauchi State Command, was also present to speak on the accident. He released the information that the plate numbers of the involved vehicles are BAU 01 BV and ALK 409 XA.