19 Burnt Beyond Recognition In Abuja Auto Crash

Nineteen persons have been confirmed dead with eight others injured in an auto crash at Yangoji-Gwagwalada Road in the FCT today.

Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Dauda Biu, confirmed the figures to reporters when he visited the accident scene.

Biu said the crash occurred almost at the start of the day, involving three vehicles – two Toyota Hiace buses with registration numbers MUB- 30 LG and DWR-985 XJ and an articulated vehicle.

He stated that 31 persons were involved in the accident comprising 11 males, one female, and 19 others who were burnt beyond recognition.

“Out of the 31 victims, eight persons comprising of seven males and one female sustained varying degrees of injuries, while 19 others were burnt beyond recognition.

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“Investigation showed that the main causes of the crash were speed limit violation and wrongful overtaking which eventually resulted in loss of control,’’ he said.

According to Biu, the Toyota Hiace bus with Registration Number MUB- 30 LG, crashed into the Citroen articulated vehicle and burst into flames, killing everyone on board.

“The second bus hit the first bus from behind and also caught fire. Fire melted the second bus with Bauchi State number plate.

“It was coming from Takai, Kano State while heading to Benin. The Citroen vehicle loaded chicken feeds from Zaria in Kaduna State and was heading to Akwa Ibom.

“The nineteen corpses were trapped but extricated by rescue operatives,’’ Biu said.

He added that police had taken over the investigation and met with appropriate authorities for the mass burial of 18 of the mutilated corpses.

“The bodies could not be preserved for identification as they were burnt beyond recognition.

“Clearing of obstructions for free flow of traffic is still ongoing as you can see and we will do our best to ensure we have a crash-free society.

“Injured victims were taken to a nearby hospital in Kwali in the FCT and one identified male corpse was deposited at the mortuary at Kwali General Hospital,’’ he said.

Biu cautioned road users to avoid speeding, wrongful overtaking, and other bad driving behaviours.

He also urged commuters always to plan their trips to fall within the day and avoid night trips because of hazards associated with dark hours.

Biu also re-emphasised that the Corps would step up both sensitisation of the motoring public and enhance its patrol activities to deter traffic violators.

He admonished the public always to call the FRSC toll-free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM, which were always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.