Nineteen Killed In Kaduna-Abuja Highway Road Accident


A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.



At least nineteen people have died in a motor accident along the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The accident according to Security reports occurred on Sunday at the Kateri axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway.

The Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, explained that the crash, which occurred late Sunday evening, involved a commercial DAF trailer caused by a combination of speeding.

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He said the tyre exploded, leading to a loss of control thereby causing the vehicle to veer into the bush.

Mr Aruwan noted that a total of fifty-three (53) people were involved in the crash; of which 16 of them died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead.

Thirty-four others who sustained injuries of various degrees were evacuated from the scene by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps and rushed to the hospital for treatment.

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According to eyewitnesses, most of the passengers onboard the ill-fated trailer were picked at Kara, by a filling station in Lagos, with some to be dropped off at Zaria, while Kano was meant to be the final destination.

Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai has expressed shock and sadness over the incident and prays for the repose of the souls of those who perished in the crash, while sending condolences to their families.

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He also wished the injured victims a speedy recovery.

The Governor enjoins drivers on the route to exercise caution at all times and avoid potentially dangerous driving practices such as speeding.


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