Seven people have been reported dead in a fatal car accident in Plateau involving a Toyota Hiace bus whose registration number is BSA 453 XJ and a truck with BSA 214 XA as its registration number. Reports reaching Naijauto says, the accident happened at Hawan Kibo, along Jos road in Riyom L.G.A Plateau State.
The Hiace bus belongs to the transportation service company named God's Time Is The Best, while the truck was Dangote's own.
1. What caused the accident?
According to an eye witness, the accident happened in the night, around 7:47 pm on Tuesday. The truck was heavily loaded with goods and it was said to have lost control when it's brake failed while it was trying to come down from Hawan Kibo hill, a notorious hill in that area. On coming down, the truck plunged into the Toyota Hiace as it was coming.
The eyewitness went ahead to say the Toyota Hiace bus took off from Jos while the truck belonging to Dangote was coming from Abuja. He said both vehicles crashed into each other and left seven people dead while six other people's sustained severe injuries.
The Public Relation Officer Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Plateau State command, Mr.Andrew Bala, confirmed the incident to newsmen. He said the investigations carried out showed that the truck's brake failed, thereby causing the accident.
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The scene of Dangote truck and Toyota Hiace crashed
2. Seven dead at the scene, others badly injured
Mr. Bala said that 13 passengers have been confirmed to be involved in the car accident. They are 10 males and three females. Seven of them died on the spot and six sustained injuries. The injured victims were taken to Salama Hospital in Kafanchan while the corpses were kept at the morgue in General Hospital Kafanchan, Kaduna State.
The spokesman for FRSC said the immediate intervention of their personnel at the scene was the reason they didn't have many casualties. He added that the Kibo hill is a death trap, particularly during the rainy season.
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He advised motorists to be cautious whenever they are on the road, adding that they shouldn't over speed. He told them to keep their cars in good condition before hitting the highways.