20 die in Kaduna traffic accident

No fewer than 20 people were reported to have died as a result of a traffic accident along Zaria -Kaduna highway on Saturday afternoon.

An eyewitness told Tribune Online that the accident involved a bus and a Jeep that collided resulting in the death of 20 passengers.

According to the source, the burial of 10 passengers has been conducted according to the Islamic injunctions.

Findings by Tribune Online also revealed that eight of the deceased were coming from a wedding ceremony when the accident occurred.

Meanwhile, in a statement, Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, confirmed the accident.

He said security agencies have reported that several persons lost their lives in a ghastly road traffic crash along the Kauran Wali axis of Zaria-Kano Road.

“The fatal crash occurred in the afternoon of Saturday, June 5, 2021, and involved a Hummer Bus belonging to Kano Line (KN90H42), and a private Toyota Rav4 SUV (ABC550NV). The bus was Kano-bound, while the SUV was headed for Zaria.

“According to eye-witness reports, the crash was a head-on collision between the two vehicles, resulting from dangerous driving and overtaking along with a diversion point on the highway.

“Over 20 persons were involved in the crash; ten (10) persons died on the spot and others died later at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Shika. Those injured remain in the hospital.

“Governor Nasir El-Rufai received the reports with sadness and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives while sending condolences to their families. He wished the injured a quick recovery.”

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