2 killed, 19 in­jured in head-on col­li­sion at Gada-Biyu

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Abubakar Sadiq Isah

Two per­sons lost their lives, while 19 oth­ers sus­tained var­i­ous de­grees of in­juries in a head-on col­li­sion that in­volved two ve­hi­cles yes­ter­day at Gada-Biyu vil­lage, along the Abu­jaLokoja Ex­press­way.

A wit­ness said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened around 8:34 a.m. when an 18-seater com­mer­cial bus with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber KMT 593 XC on top speed over­took an­other ve­hi­cle dan­ger­ously at a di­ver­sion and col­lided with an on­com­ing Fiat J5 bus with­out reg­is­tra­tion num­ber.

He said an­other Honda Civic, also with­out reg­is­tra­tion num­ber, which was com­ing on top speed from the Lokoja axis rammed into the two ve­hi­cles.

He said a front seat pas­sen­ger in­side the com­muter Hi­ace bus died in­stantly, while the driver was trapped by the steer­ing and later died few min­utes af­ter he was taken to the hospi­tal by the res­cue team of the Fed­eral Road Safety Corps (FRSC) at Abaji.

Our reporter who ar­rived the scene shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent, saw men of the FRSC strug­gling to re­move the trapped bus driver.

Some res­i­dents of the area, who spoke with our reporter at the scene, blamed the in­ces­sant crashes along the road on the diver­sions by Reynolds Con­struc­tion Com­pany (RCC) han­dling the du­al­iza­tion of the Abuja-Lokoja high­way, with­out in­di­cat­ing proper road warn­ing signs for the diver­sions.

When con­tacted, the Abaji unit com­man­der of the FRSC, Moses Audu, con­firmed the crash, say­ing a driver and one per­son lost their lives, while 19 oth­ers sus­tained var­i­ous de­grees of in­juries.

He said the two corpses have been de­posited at the Kwali Gen­eral hospi­tal morgue, while the in­jured vic­tims were taken to Abaji Gen­eral Hospi­tal and St. Peters Catholic Hospi­tal in the area.

In a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, four per­sons were also in­jured in an­other auto crash that oc­curred on Thurs­day evening near Omoko vil­lage, along the Abuja-Lokoja Ex­press­way.

A wit­ness said the ac­ci­dent hap­pened around 5:37p.m. when a Toy­ota Si­enna with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber XC 729 LKJ on top speed rammed into a pot­hole and sum­m­er­saulted into the bush.

He said one of the tyres burst im­me­di­ately af­ter the driver hit a pot­hole, lost con­trol of his steer­ing be­fore the ve­hi­cle sum­m­er­saulted into the bush, adding that four per­sons, in­clud­ing the driver, were in­jured and taken to the hospi­tal.

The Abaji unit com­man­der of the FRSC, Moses Audu, also con­firmed the ac­ci­dent, say­ing the four in­jured vic­tims were taken to Abaji Gen­eral Hospi­tal for med­i­cal at­ten­tion.

Photo: Abubakar Sadiq Isah

An ac­ci­dent scene where two per­sons died at the week­end at Gada-Biyu vil­lage, on the Abuja-Lokoja road.

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