18 Die in Ji­gawa Road Crash

THISDAY - - NEWSXTRA -

No fewer than 18 per­sons at the week­end died in an ac­ci­dent in­volv­ing a tip­per and a J5 bus on Gumel-Gu­gunju road in Gumel Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Ji­gawa State.

The Sec­tor Com­man­der of the Fed­eral Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, An­gus Ibezim, dis­closed this to the

in Dutse.

Ibezim said the driver of the tip­per with reg­is­tra­tion num­ber: XY 744 GRK aban­doned the ve­hi­cle on the road after it broke down.

He ex­plained that the driver of the bus hit the truck from be­hind, which re­sulted in the mishap.

He said 15 of the oc­cu­pants of the ve­hi­cle, including the driver, died on the spot while three others sus­tained in­juries.

Ac­cord­ing to the sec­tor com­man­der, the other three passengers in the bus later died in hospi­tal.

He said the com­mand had be­gun in­ves­ti­ga­tion to as­cer­tain the main cause of the ac­ci­dent.

“We are now try­ing to find out the main cause of the ac­ci­dent.

“The first thing we sus­pect is that the driver of the tip­per did not place any cau­tion sign to in­di­cate that the ve­hi­cle was faulty.

“Se­condly, we also sus­pect that the driver of the J5 bus was speed­ing or has bad or no head­lights at all,” Ibezim said.

He said the corps had al­ready re­moved the bro­ken down ve­hi­cle from the road to avoid a re­cur­rence of the ugly in­ci­dent.

The sec­tor com­man­der added that the com­mand had launched a man-hunt to ap­pre­hend the driver of the tip­per now at large, say­ing “the driver will surely be pros­e­cuted.”

Ibezim ad­vised mo­torists to de­sist from speed­ing un­der what­ever cir­cum­stances.

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