No less than seventeen persons died, and three others were injured in an auto crash in Kano State.
The crash occurred at the Yaura village, on Wudil-Bauchi Road, in Albasu Local Government Area.
Its State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ibrahim Sallau Abdullahi, confirmed the incident in a statement signed by the Public Relations Officer, Abdullahi Labaran, on Thursday in Kano.
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According to Labaran, the accident involved a Honda Accord with registration number NSR 81 VW and a Volkswagen Sharon (bus) with registration number NNG 275 XA.
“Motorists passing by informed our patrol operatives at about 2:20 p.m. On receiving the information, we quickly dispatched our personnel and vehicle to the scene of the incident to rescue the victims at 14.25p.m.”
The sector commander said that the crash occurred as a result of excessive speed, wrongful overtaking which led to a loss of control, and a head-on collision, with one of the vehicles bursting into the fire immediately.
“The crash involved a total of 21 passengers in the two vehicles, out of which 11 adult males, five adult females, and one male child lost their lives while three others sustained serious injuries — one adult male, one adult female, and one male child.”
The commander said the injured were taken to Wudil General Hospital for treatment, while the corpses of the deceased were handed over to relatives of the victims.
He advised motorists to obey traffic rules and regulations, to avoid needless deaths and injuries on our roads.
The sector commander commiserated with the families of the victims and prayed for the repose of the souls of the departed.
The statement also added that one person escaped unhurt.
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