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Truck accident claims 16 lives, leaves 27 injured along Kaduna-Abuja highway

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The Federal Road Safety Corps, Kaduna Sector Command said 16 persons died and 27 sustained injuries in a road crash on Kaduna-Abuja expressway.

The Sector Commander, Mr Kabir Nadabo, said that the fatal road traffic crash occurred at Audu Jhangon village along the expressway on Sunday.

He explained that the crash occurred at 05:20hrs, when the driver of a vehicle (DAF truck) with number plate KUJ 430XC, laden with goods, lost control and fell into a ditch.

“Initial reports indicate the driver was on speed, probably due to fatigue. The combined rescue teams of RS1.114 Zhipe unit command and RS1.16B Dutse outpost conducted the rescue operations. The crash involved 65 people; 27 were injured and 16 dead. The injured have been taken to the nearest hospital for treatment,’’ he added.

Mr Nadabo said on receiving news of the crash, he visited the scene to have first-hand information and directed the rescue team on the evacuation of the victims to the morgue.

He stated, “I also directed the tow truck to remove part of the accidented trailer blocking part of the road. The operation is ongoing, and the road is free for movement.’’

(NAN)

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