Tragedy struck as 19 passengers in a commercial DAF trailer were killed in an auto crash at Kateri along the Kaduna-Abuja Highway on Sunday.
34 of the passengers survived the accident but sustained bodily injuries. They were evacuated by officials of the Federal Road safety Corps.
The Kaduna Sate Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who narrated the story of the tragedy, said in a statement:
“A total of fifty-three (53) people were involved in the crash; 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead.
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“Thirty-four (34) sustained injuries which ranged from bruises and cuts to dislocations and head injuries. They were evacuated from the scene by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps.”
“Officials of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, visited the site of the crash to ascertain the report of events and avoid misrepresentations of the incident.
“According to Auwal Idris, the driver, most of the passengers on board 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.
“Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed shock and sadness at the report, and prayed for the repose of the souls of those who perished in the crash, while sending condolences to their families. He also wished the injured victims a speedy recovery.
“Going further, Governor commended the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps for their swift response and prompt evacuation of the casualties from the scene.
“The Governor enjoined drivers on the route to exercise caution at all times and avoid potentially dangerous driving practices like speeding.”