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Nine dead, 10 injured in Abuja auto crash

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Nine persons have been confirmed dead and 10 others injured in a fatal auto crash on Yangoji-Abaji road in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Federal Road Safety Corps spokesperson, Mr Bisi Kazeem, confirmed this in a statement on Sunday.

Kazeem noted that the crash involved a Toyota Hiace Bus with vehicle registration number KTG-450 KQ and Howo Sino truck on the Yangoji-Abaji road at about 06:05am on Sunday.

He added that the crashed bus was coming from Osun State and heading to Katsina State, but unfortunately crashed into a stationary truck.

According to him, the crash involved two vehicles and both were for commercial purposes.

“Twenty-two people were involved in the crash. They were all male. 10 were Injured and nine were killed. First aid was given to two. The FRSC recovered  N3,170, six bags and four different mobile phones.

“The rescue team was a joint team of Zebra 6 Yangoji, Zebra 6, 16 Abaji, and the police. However, the injured victims were taken to the General Hospital, Abaji by Zebra 16 and police on patrol.

“While the nine corpses were deposited at mortuary in the general hospital Kwali, the NPF Kwali division has taken over the investigation,” he said.

Kazeem noted that the Acting Corps Marshal,  FRSC, Dauda Biu, stated that the crashes resulted from dangerous overtaking and eventual loss of control.

The Acting Corps Marshal stressed that crashes at night were more fatal than others in day time.

He reiterated that the corps would continue to double its efforts by constantly engaging the motoring public nationwide, through aggressive awareness and sensitisation campaign, until the desired result was achieved.

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Biu advised vehicle owners to ensure that their vehicles were in order before they put them on the road, to avoid road crashes, especially at night.

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