FORTY-FOUR persons on Tuesday lost their lives in separate accidents along the Damaturu-Maiduguri Federal Highway in Bauchi State, and the Kwali-Abuja Expressway of the federal capital territory.
Rotimi Adeleye said the accident claimed the lives of 37 persons, adding that eight other people sustained varying degrees of injury.
The accident which occurred close to Jakana village involved two Hummer buses and a Golf Saloon car, adding that the two buses were conveying passengers to their destinations when they collided and went up in flames.
He said, “37 people involved died on the spot as they were burnt beyond recognition. The FRSC immediately deployed men for a rescue mission where they liaised with the Borno State Commissioner of Police to obtain a court order for the mass burial of the victims.”
Adeleye said the buses were coming in opposite directions when the tire of one of the buses burst suddenly, leading to a head-on collision that resulted in fire, adding that the Golf car coming behind ran into them with little impact.
He said the crash was caused by excessive speeding and warned motorists to desist from excessive speeding to reduce road traffic crashes on the highway.
In another development along the Kwali-Abuja Expressway, FCT, a crash involving a DAF truck with number plate BAU 632 XA, and a Toyota bus with number plate GME 201 ZU, killed 17 men.
Federal Road Safety Corps spokesman Bisi Kazeem confirmed the development in a statement Tuesday.
Kazeem said, “Following the fatal accident that occurred on the Kwali-Abaji Expressway in the early hours of Tuesday, the Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Biu, has again warned drivers against flouting the prescribed speed limits.
“He warned against night driving and urged them to take a 30-minute break after every four hours of driving to avoid the dangers of excessive speed and fatigue on the highways.
“Investigations revealed that the fatal accident involved a DAF truck with license plate BAU 632 XA and a Toyota bus with the following license plates: GME 201 ZU.
“Unfortunately, a total of 22 occupants were involved in the accident, of which 17 male victims were killed. Four other occupants, also male victims, who were recovered alive, sustained injuries of varying degrees, while the remaining male occupant was rescued without any injury.”
Kazeem indicated the cause of the crash as excessive speeding and fatigue.
“As at the time of this statement, the emergency rescue team of the corps has concluded the rescue of the injured victims to the Abaji General Hospital for immediate medical attention, while the remains of the dead victims were deposited in the mortuary,” he added.