It was a tragic scene as a truck conveying supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party crashed in the Panyam area of Mangu local government area of Plateau State.
Daily Report Nigeria reports that the truck was returning from the PDP Governorship campaign flag-off in the Central Senatorial zone of Plateau State when the tragic incident occurred.
The a truck was conveying party supporters from Pankshin after the rally but had an accident close to Panyam bridge with several persons feared dead.
Sources from the community told newsmen that the unfortunate incident happened at about 4:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Several PDP supporters were reported dead while others sustained several injures.
Peter Longsan, a spokesperson of the FRSC in Plateau, said the casualty figure is yet to be ascertained as many people had been taken to various hospitals by both officials of FRSC and volunteers.
“Our officers just finished taking the victims to the hospital, as to the details, we cannot ascertain as some of the victims were evacuated by other volunteers.
“The unit commander there said the comprehensive report which will comprise of the number of people involved, number of vehicles involved, the casualty rate, etc will be made available later.”
Meanwhile, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Caleb Mutfwang, in a statement said he was saddened by the event.
“On a sad note, a truck conveying some supporters of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), from the gubernatorial campaigns flag-off and zonal rally of the Central Zone, Plateau State, in Pankshin, had an accident on Saturday evening after the rally, around Jwak Village, just before Panyam Bridge, Mangu Local Government Area (LGA).
“The supporters who are mostly young people, sustained injuries of varying proportions, while some regrettably lost their lives.
“The governorship candidate, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang (BCM), is deeply saddened by the unfortunate event, and is currently involved in evaluating those severely injured from different hospitals in Mangu, to Jos, where they would hopefully receive treatment.
“While we appreciate all first responders who are currently assisting with the evacuation effort, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by the sad event.”