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Makurdi bound Bus crashes, kills I6, injure four on Kano- Kaduna Road

Makurdi bound Bus crashes, kills I6, injure four on Kano- Kaduna Road
  • PublishedJanuary 21, 2024

Kaduna: The Kaduna Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kabir Nadabo  has said that a lone accident along the Kano- Abuja expressway claimed the lives of 16 passengers while 4 were injured. 

The passengers died when a bus from Kano heading to Markudi in Benue state crashed at Taban Sani Junction, Tashar Yari along the Zaria-Kano expressway, allegedly due to overspeeding which led to the driver losing control of the vehicle and ramming into a ditch on Sunday at 11.20am.

A statement issued by the FRSC ,explained that ” there was a tragic Road Traffic crash involving a Toyota Bus with registration number TRB 674ZG 35XB traveling from Kano State to Makurdi which occurred at Taban Sani Junction, Tashar Yari along  Zaria-Kano expressway,  on 21st  January 2024 at 11:20hrs.  The accident was a lone one caused by overspeeding where the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a ditch.’’

‘’An initial investigation of the crash revealed that 20  people were involved, 4  were injured, and sadly, 16 people lost their lives. The injured were conveyed to Makarfi General Hospital for immediate treatment while the deceased were deposited at ABU Teaching Hospital, Shika in Zaria along with the passenger Manifest to help in identifying the lost ones as well as reaching out to their families respectively.’’

‘’As the lead agency in transport Management and Road safety, the Federal Road safety corps is saddened by this unfortunate but avoidable incident.  The Corps in Kaduna state will continue to perform its statutory duty of saving lives and properties and most fundamentally, creating awareness of the dangers of Road safety vices and unethical road culture’’

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‘’Kaduna State is a critical corridor, therefore the State Command has established instruments of safety that will guide transporters on the importance of safe travels at all times. ‘’

‘’I want to call on stakeholders, particularly the transport unions to help us reach out and advocate the language of safety to their drivers. In the same vein, the Corps is liaising with media outlets to better inform the public on the dangers of Dangerous driving, overloading,  driving with worn-out tyres, fatigues, caused by long journeys, etc.’’

The sector commander stated that as a proactive measure embarked upon by the Corps, FRSC in Kaduna State in collaboration with transport unions have made it a point of focus to sensitize passengers on the need to always observe and caution drivers on excess speeding, wrongful overtaking and overloading.

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Regina Robinson

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