Two seperate fatal auto crashes on Wednesday threw the people of Bauchi State into mourning as eight persons lost their lives, while about 70 others sustained serious injuries.
Reports from the North-East state indicate that six people were killed in the first accident, involving 72 traders who were travelling in a truck from the Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi to Dukku Market in Gombe State.
Confirming the accidents, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Bauchi State, Assistant Corp Commander Yusuf Abdullahi said: “Yes, there was a lone fatal accident today, March 17, 2021, around 9.10am on Km 15, Kwannan Dallol, Darazon-Dukku Road.
“The accident involved 72 people, all males, who were in a commercial Mercedes Benz 911 truck, with number plate, AA476MSA, driven by one Alhaji Sai’du Misau, going to Dukku Market.
“The truck skidded off the road and threw the people away. Six of them were killed, while 54 others sustained varying degrees of injury. It took us hours to carry out the rescue operation. The probable cause of the crash is dangerous overtaking.”