No fewer than 20 people died in a ghastly motor accident along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway on Sunday night.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps in Kaduna State, Umar Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna on Monday that the accident occurred around 7 p.m. at Dutse U-turn, 22 kilometres from Kaduna metropolis.
Mr. Ibrahim said the accident involved a white DAF articulated vehicle with registration number: AJG118XA and a white Toyota HAICE bus with registration number: XA866MLF.
He said the 16-seater bus was overloaded with 30 passengers, 29 males and a female going to the southern part of the country.
According to him, the accident occurred when the truck that was coming from Abuja axis was trying to make a u-turn at Dutse when the bus coming from Kaduna axis rammed into it, killing 17 people instantly.
“Ten others sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital by an FRSC official, where three of them also died.”
The sector commander said that the truck was going to evacuate cows from a broken down truck closed to the accident scene.
He said that the number of the death was this high because the bus was extremely overloaded.
“The bus was not only overloaded with passengers but also choked with dismembered motorcycles belonging to the passengers, “he said.