No fewer than six persons lost their lives while 24 others sustained varying degrees of injury as a result of multiple road crashes on the Bauchi-Jos Road in Bauchi State within a four-day period.
The Public Relations Officer, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi State Sector Command, Rilwan Suleiman, confirmed the crashes in a statement obtained by Northern City News on Tuesday.
According to him, the first crash occurred on Sunday, December 1, 2019, around 1.23 p.m. at Rijiyar Malam and involved two vehicles belonging to the Gombe State Government and a Volkswagen Golf 2 wagon. 24 persons were involved in the accident.
He explained that the second crash occurred on the same day at Takanda Giwa around 11.15 a.m. and involved a commercial Vectra vehicle and a Bajaj motorcycle, with two persons.
Suleiman said, “The first accident occurred on December 1, 2019, around 1.23pm at Rijiyar Malam along the Bauchi-Jos Road. It involved 24 people made up of nine males, nine females, four male children and two female children.
“Two vehicles, a Toyota bus belonging to the Gombe State Government (Gombe Line) with number plate 10B-31GM, and a Volkswagen Golf 2 wagon with number plate LGT 961 TE, were involved in the accident.
“The accident was caused by loss of control. The tyre of the Golf pulled out on motion and the driver lost control and the vehicle had a head-on collision with the Gombe Line bus. As a result, five people were killed and 19 sustained varying degrees of injury.”
According to him, the victims were rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for treatment.
Suleiman added, “The second accident occurred on December 1, 2019, around 11.15 a.m. at Takanda Giwa along the Bauchi-Toro Highway.
“The accident involved two male adults in a commercial Vectra Opel car with number plate BLG 798 AA and a Bajaj motorcycle. It was caused by speed violation and loss of control. One person was killed, while the other was injured.”
He said the injured victim was taken to the Alumma Clinic for treatment, while the remains of the deceased person were taken to his home for burial.”
The FRSC spokesman said the last accident was a lone crash that occurred on December 2 around 9.00 a.m. at Tashan Maikudi, along the Bauchi-Nabardo Road.
According to him, the accident involved two persons, a male and a female in a Golf 3 wagon with number plate BUU 856 TQ, driven by one Mustapha Dan Yau.
Suleiman told our correspondent that the crash, which was due to speed limit violation, occurred when the vehicle suffered a tyre blowout and veered off the road into the bush, causing it to somersault several times.
He said that the two occupants of the vehicle sustained serious injuries and were rushed to hospital for medical attention.