Seven killed, three injured in Bauchi road crashes
Seven persons have lost their lives while three others sustained varying degrees of injuries in separate road crashes in Bauchi State, Northern City News has learnt.
The Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi Sector Command, Rilwan Suleiman, confirmed this in a telephone interview with our correspondent on Thursday.
He, however, directed our correspondent to the Staff Officer in charge of rescue, Chadi Khamis, for details.
Khamis said two accidents happened at different locations in the state on January 28, 2019, at about the same time.
He said, “Two commercial vehicles, a Sharon car with number plate DNG 244 AM, and a Vectra car with number plate DRZ 598 XA, were involved in an accident at Zangoro village in the Ganjuwa Local Government Area of Bauchi State on Monday, January 28, 2019, around 7.45pm.
“The accident was caused by excessive speeding and wrongful overtaking by the driver of one of the vehicles, which led to a head-on collision by the two vehicles.
“Nine people were involved in the accident; six of the passengers died on the spot, while one died at the hospital, and the other two were taken to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for medical attention.”
Khamis added that the second accident happened close to the NNPC Mega Filling Station at Wuntin Dada in the Bauchi metropolis.
He said a J5 open van with number plate Bauchi 851 ZE was conveying a brand new tractor when the accident happened.
According to him, the driver of the J5, who was carrying two passengers and luggage beyond the vehicle’s limit, was driving out of Bauchi when he tried to wrongly overtake another vehicle.
“The driver of a Peugeot 308, who was coming into Bauchi, had a head-on collision with the J5, who was still on its lane after the wrongful overtaking. It happened around 7pm,” Khamis stated.
He added that the driver of the J5 broke his leg, while that of the Peugeot 308, who was alone in the vehicle, suffered no physical injury.