An automobile accident on Azare – Potiskum road in Bauchi and Yobe states on Thursday claimed 32 lives, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said. Also 18 people were crushed in multiple accidents at the foot of the Niger Bridge in Anambra State.
The Spokesperson for FRSC in Bauchi, Malam Ibrahim Geidam, made the confirmation in Bauchi, saying the accident, involved two Yobe Line buses about 11.45 a.m.
He said that all occupants, including the two drivers, died when the buses coming from opposite directions collided and caught fire.
Geidam said one of the buses was coming from Kano and heading to Potiskum while the other was coming from Damaturu and heading to Kaduna.
“The accident occurred about 10km away from Azare town, near a village, called Kuskure, and it involved two commercial buses owned by Yobe Line Transport Company.
“We learnt that one of the buses was travelling to Potiskum from Azare while the other one was heading for Kaduna from Damaturu in Yobe State,” he said.
He said that from all indications, the vehicles were over-speeding and trying to change their lanes.
He stated that the 32 bodies had been deposited at a mortuary in a hospital in Azare town.
It was a black Thursday for residents of Onitsha, the commercial nerve-centre of Anambra State, as a truck loaded with two 20ft containers yesterday lost control and crushed 18 people in a multiple accidents at the foot of the Niger Bridge.