Auto crash claims 19 lives, injures 34 along Kaduna-Abuja expressway

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The Kaduna State Government on Monday said 19 road travellers have died while 34 others sustained injuries during an accident along Kaduna-Abuja road.

This was disclosed in a statement by the Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan.

The statement read: “Security agencies have reported that 19 people died in the auto road crash at the Kateri axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.

“According to the report, the crash, which occurred late Sunday evening, involved a commercial DAF trailer and was caused by a combination of speeding, and an exploding tyre, leading to a loss of control, which caused the vehicle to veer into the bush.

“A total of fifty-three (53) people were involved in the crash; 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead. Thirty-four (34) sustained injuries which ranged from bruises and cuts to dislocations and head injuries. They were evacuated from the scene by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).”

“Officials of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs visited the site of the crash to ascertain the report of events and avoid misrepresentations of the incident.

”The survivors are receiving treatment in the hospital”.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed shock and sadness at the report and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who perished in the crash while sending condolences to their families. He also wished the injured victims a speedy recovery.

El-Rufai also enjoined drivers on the route to exercise caution at all times and avoid potentially dangerous driving practices like speeding.

The Governor further commended the personnel of the FRSC for their swift response and prompt evacuation of the casualties from the scene.

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