BREAKING: 19 passengers die in Kaduna-Abuja Expressway accident

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Nineteen passengers have lost their lives in an auto accident at the Kateri along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway.

They died on Sunday. Kateri is in the Kagarko Local Government Area of state.

The  trailer involved in the accident was said to be heading for Kano from Lagos when the incident happened.

According to the state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan, the accident involved a commercial DAF trailer and was “caused by a combination of speeding, and an exploding tyre, leading to a loss of control, which caused the vehicle to veer into the bush.”

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Aruwan explained that 53 people were involved in the crash; 16 of them died on the spot, while three others were confirmed dead later.

He  said that  34  passengers sustained injuries, which ranged from bruises and cuts to dislocations and head injuries, adding that they were evacuated from the scene by the Federal Road Safety Corps.

He said, “Security agencies have reported that 19 people died in a ghastly road traffic crash at the Kateri axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.

“According to the report, the crash, which occurred late on Sunday evening, involved a commercial DAF trailer and was caused by a combination of speeding, and an exploding tyre, leading to a loss of control, which caused the vehicle to veer into the bush.

“A total of fifty-three (53) people were involved in the crash; 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead.

“Thirty-four (34) sustained injuries which ranged from bruises and cuts to dislocations and head injuries. They were evacuated from the scene by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps.”

“According to Auwal Idris, the driver, most of the passengers on board the ill-fated trailer were picked at Kara, by a filling station in Lagos, with some to be dropped off at Zaria, while Kano was meant to be the final destination.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed shock and sadness at the report, and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who perished in the crash, while sending condolences to their families. He also wished the injured victims a speedy recovery.

“Going further, Governor commended the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps for their swift response and prompt evacuation of the casualties from the scene.

“The Governor enjoined drivers on the route to exercise caution at all times and avoid potentially dangerous driving practices like speeding.”

 

 

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