Corps Commandant, Yusuf Abdullahi, the Bauchi State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said that 20 people lost their lives in a fatal accident in the state.
Abdullahi who confirmed the accident on Sunday, said that the unfortunate event happened around 10:50a:m along Bauchi-Maiduguri road.
The Sector Commander who revealed that 22 passengers were involved in the auto-crash, said that only two survived with fatal degrees of injuries and were receiving treatment at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital (ATBU-TH), Bauchi.
He said that the bodies of the deceased had also been deposited in the same hospital.
The FRSC boss revealed that the probable cause of the accident was speeding and wrong overtaking.
“Two vehicles involved in the fatal accident are a Toyota Hummer bus belonging to Borno Express heading to Maiduguri from Jos with 18 passengers and a VW Golf 3 wagon coming from Misau heading to Bauchi with 4 passengers on board.
“The plate registration number of the bus is BO89A28 and the Golf car number is MSA759XA. The probable cause of the accident is speeding and wrong overtaking.
“Total number of people who lost their lives in the accident is 20, twelve male, seven female and one female child. The number of injured are two and they are currently receiving treatment at ATBU-TH,” he said.
Abdullahi who further revealed that some of the victims who lost their lives sustained injury and died immediately, said that some were burnt beyond recognition.
The commander, however, reiterated that the Corps would not relent in making sure that road users abided by all safety rules, to ensure the protection of lives.
“The corps will not relent in its determination in sensitising road users on safe driving and the need to comply with traffic rules and regulations.
“We will continue to carry out public enlightenment campaigns in motor parks, market squares and roads on the dangers and causes of road accidents,” he said.