By Nkasi Kolie
No fewer than seven persons were killed, while two others sustained different degrees of injuries in an auto crash that occurred on Lambata-Minna road, Niger State on Thursday.
The State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Musa Mohammed, said the accident, which occurred at about 7am in Dagibe village, involved a Mazda car with registration number CRC 686 XN and a Volkswagen Golf saloon car with registration number KTU 506 BK.
“Nine people were involved in the mishap, seven were killed and two sustained injuries. They were taken to Federal Medical Centre, Gawun Babangida, and the corpses deposited at Sabon Wuse Mortuary,” he said.
The sector commander blamed the accident on fatigue and loss of control.
Meanwhile, four more persons have died from the accident involving two vehicles on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, on Wednesday.
The FRSC in Ogun confirmed that the latest number brings to 13 the number of people who died in the accident.
The Sector Commander of the FRSC in the state, Mr Ahmed Umar, said the four died on their way to the hospital. He said 12 others sustained injuries.
The FRSC Sector Commander had said, on Wednesday, that nine persons died, while 16 others sustained various degrees of injuries in the ghastly accident.
He explained that the accident occurred at about 3.45pm, around Wichtech Company, near Danco Station, on the ever-busy expressway.
He said that the accident involved a commercial white Mazda bus, with registration number: APP 28 YE, and a blue Volvo truck, with no registration number.
The sector commander further stated that the accident involved 25 persons, indicating that the corpses of the deceased had been deposited at the morgue of Idera Hospital, Sagamu.
He said the injured were receiving treatment at the same hospital.
Umar said that the cause of the accident could be traced to speed violation and overloading on the part of the commercial bus driver.
He added that the driver of the commercial bus lost control due to excessive speeding and rammed into the truck.
The sector commander said that clearing of obstruction caused by the crash by FRSC officials and other sister agencies had commenced.
He advised motorists to exercise patience and remain calm, as the situation in the axis would soon be normalised.
Umar stressed the need for caution, saying that all hands must be on deck to ensure that lives are not lost due to carelessness on the road.