Accident: Six die in fatal multiple crashes in Bauchi

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From BEATRICE GONDYI, Bauchi

No fewer than six people have been confirmed dead by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has confirmed in multiple accidents that occurred along Bauchi-Jos road.

This was confirmed by the Public Relations Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Bauchi State Sector Command, Rilwan Suleiman, in a statement to journalists.

It was gathered that 24 others also sustained varying degrees of injuries in the three different accidents.

According to him, the first crash which occurred on Sunday, 01 December 2019 at about 1.23pm at Rijiyar Malam involved two vehicles belonging to the Gombe State Government and a Volkswagen Golf 2 Wagon, involved 24 people.

He added that the second crash which occurred on the same day at Takanda Giwa by 11.15 am involved a Commercial Vectra vehicle and a Bajaj motorcycle involving two people.

He said: “The accident occurred on 01 December 2019 at 1.23 pm at Rijiyar Malam along Bauchi-Jos road. It involved 24 people, 9 males, 9 females, 4 male children, and 2 female children.

“Two vehicles, a Toyota Bus belonging to Gombe State Government (Gombeline) with number plate 10B-31GM and a Volkswagen Golf 2 Wagon with number plate LGT – 961 TE.

“The accident was caused by loss of control. The tyre of the Golf removed while he was on motion and he lost control and had a head-on collision with the Gombeline Bus. As a result, 5 people were killed and 19 sustained varying degrees of injuries.”

Suleiman said that victims were rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi for treatment and confirmation.

He added that: “The second accident occurred on 01 December 2019 at 11.15 am at Takanda Giwa along Bauchi-Toro highway.

“The accident involved two male adults in a Commercial Vectra Opel number plate BLG-798AA and a Bajaj motorcycle. It was caused by speed violations and loss of control. One person was killed while the other was injured.”

He said that the victim was taken to Alumma clinic for treatment while the corpse was taken to deceased’s home for burial.

The FRSC spokesman also explained that the last accident was alone crash that occurred on 02 December 2012 at about 9am at Tashan Maikudi, along Bauchi-Nabardo road.

According to him, the accident involved two people, a male and a female in a Golf 3 Wagon vehicle with number plate: BUU 856 TQ, driven by one Mustapha Dan Yau.

He said the accident which was as a result of speed limit violation, occurred when the tyre burst and the car veered off the road into the bush causing it to somersault severally.

He said that the two occupants of the vehicle sustained varying degrees of injuries and were rushed to the hospital for medical attention.

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