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Ten feared dead, others injured in Bauchi car crash

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The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Bauchi has said 10 commuters were feared dead while 12 others sustained injuries in an auto crash along Jama’are–Azare Road in Katagum Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The state sector commander, Yusuf Abdullahi, told newsmen in Bauchi at the weekend that the crash involved a Gombe State mass transit bus and a commercial motorcycle.

Abdullahi said that 18 persons were inside the vehicle when the accident occurred, while four persons who were on the motorcycle were killed.

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“There was a crash this afternoon on Jama’are Road in Azare town. The accident involved a vehicle belonging to Gombe Line and an okada conveying four people, including the rider.

“The motorcycle rider crossed the Toyota Hummer Bus, which was on high speed, and the bus knocked him down. Our officers in Azare town were called and they rushed to the scene and rescued the victims to the hospital, where a medical doctor confirmed the ten persons dead, four persons on the motorcycle and six in the bus.

“Twelve other persons sustained varying degrees of injuries. The total number of people involved in the crash are 22, four on the motorcycle and 18 in the Hummer Bus,” he said.

The FRSC boss gave the details of those involved as 14 male adults, five female adults, one male child and two female children.

He said the body of the deceased were taken to the mortuary at the Federal Medical Center, Azare, while the injured passengers were taken to the new Jama’are clinic for treatment.

He advised motorists to be cautious while on the road to reduce road traffic crashes.

Abdullahi said: “My call to the public, particularly fleet operators, is to reduce speed and they should install speed limiting devices on their vehicles so that it will check drivers’ excesses, which will reduce loss of lives and properties.”

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