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20 killed in Yobe auto crash

09 April 2013, 16:24

Potiskum - The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Yobe has said that 20 persons died in a road accident that occurred seven kilometres from Potiskum on the Kano-Maiduguri highway on Monday.

The FRSC Sector Commander in Yobe, Shehu Umar, confirmed the development in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Potiskum.

He explained that the accident occurred at about 6 p.m. when a bus rammed into a truck and killed all the 20 occupants in the bus.

"You know due to the security challenge in Potiskum, we were forced to suspend operations in the area and we could not offer rescue services," he said.

The sector commander said that the accident could have been caused by over-speeding.

He, however, observed that “over-speeding and reckless driving" had been responsible for many accidents on the road.

NAN learnt that the driver of the18-seater bus coming from Kano was speeding to beat the 6 p.m. curfew in Potiskum, due to the current security crisis in the area.

Sources said that in the process, the bus rammed into a truck belonging to a construction company, killing all the passengers and the driver.

NAN also learnt that the suspension of operations by the FRSC in Yobe had left victims of road accidents at the mercy of good Samaritans.



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