At least nineteen wedding guest lost their lives in a tragic auto crash in Jigawa State,Nigeria
The unfortunate incident happened on Tuesday when about 18 seater bus lost control and bursted in flames.
The bus was carrying about 40 women and children coming back from a wedding ceremony when its front tyre burst into flame causing it to skid off the road.
The crash happened on Tuesday in Gwaram Sabuwa, a village around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the state capital Dutse.
Abdul Jinjiri, spokesman of the state FRSC command the accident to AFP stated that , “Nineteen people were killed in the accident and 21 others were injured”.
Residents stated that the bus somersaulted and blew up in flames while burning the victims alive.
The auto crash took place on Tuesday around Gwaram Sabuwa, a village about 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the state capital Dutse Jigawa state capital.
The passengers were said to be returning from a wedding ceremony in nearby Bauchi state when the crash happened.
Road accidents are common re-occurrence in the country. Causes of accident includes poorly-maintained roads and vehicles, reckless driving and speeding.
About 12 people were killed and about 16 got injured on April 13 when a tanker filled with fuel exploded in Gombe after falling sideways.
Nineteen people died a week earlier when a truck crashed in Kastina state.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says 720 road traffic accidents were recorded across the country in July.
The Federal Road Safety CRSC said in a report signed by the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.
The report indicated a reduction in the number of road crashes in July, when compared to the 788 accidents, which were recorded in June.
It revealed that in June more than 5,426 persons were involved in road traffic accidents, in which 413 persons died, while 2,409 others sustained various degrees of injury.
The report said that out of the 720 accidents recorded in July, 4,595 people were affected, while 310 persons died and 1,890 others sustained various degrees of injury.
“This clearly indicates a general decrease in all parameters, with 9-per-cent reduction in the total road traffic crash cases and 25-per-cent reduction in fatality.
“The record also shows 22-per-cent reduction in the number of people injured, as compared to the figure in June,’’ Mr Oyeyemi said in the report.
The report said the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded the highest road crashes with 81 cases, followed closely by Kaduna State with 61 cases.
It said the other states with relatively high cases included Nasarawa State with 44 cases, Niger with 41 cases, Ogun with 39 cases, Oyo State with 36 cases and Ondo State with 33 cases.
The report indicated that Kaduna State, Niger, Bauchi State, Ondo State, Plateau and Jigawa recorded the highest fatality in July with 33, 24, 20, 20, 19 and 17 deaths respectively.
SOURCE: CHANNELS TV, PREMIUM TIMES
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