18 night journey passengers die in auto crash

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From FRED ITUA, Abuja

No fewer than 18 passengers died yesterday in a road accident at about 1.00 am at Fire Academy, Sheda on the Abuja-Lokoja Road. The accident involved a Marcopolo luxury bus with registration number XG 413F GG and a J5 bus with registration number XA 726 NSR. According to eyewitnesses, the two buses, which had on board 96 passengers all together, had a head on collision.

Daily Sun gathered that the J5 bus was heading to Sokoto from Lokoja while the luxury bus was on its way to Lagos from Kano when the accident happened. It was further gathered that the J5 bus swerved off its lane and ran into the luxury bus coming from oppsite direction. Some of the survivors revealed that the driver was too tired and at some point during the journey almost dozed off.

The J5 bus recorded the highest number of casualties, while nine passengers were said to have sustained various degrees of injury. About N217, 000.00 was said to have been recovered from the J5 bus by officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), which, it said, will be handed over to the victims’ relations. According to details of the crash obtained by Daily Sun, 96 passengers were involved in the crash out of which 70 were males, 16 females and 10 children comprising seven male and three female. Among the nine injured persons, two were females while all dead victims were male adults.

Thirteen of the corpses were deposited at the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital mortuary while four others were taken to Kwali General Hospital’s morgue. Confirming the incident, the Corps Commander, Corps Public Education Officer of the FRSC, Jonas Agwu urged members of the public, especially those whose relations travelled through the Kano-Lagos and Lokoja-Sokoto routes to check the Kwali General Hospital and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwagwalada for identification and collection of the corpses.

He added that the injured victims were also taken to the Gwagwalada Teaching Hospital for further medical attention. Agwu said FRSC was shocked at the crash, which, he said, occurred barely few hours after the end of the 2013 Easter patrol operations and was deemed to have recorded fewer crashes compared to last year’s Easter celebration. He appealed to motorists to avoid night journeys due to the inherent dangers associated with such trips. “The FRSC assures the public of its determination to bring down road crashes by 30 per cent and fatalities by 20 per cent by the end of 2013.

“Similarly, the FRSC wishes to remind the motoring public to report any road crash to the Corps’ emergency ambulance response centres located at the old parade ground Abuja, Central Business District (opposite the Federal Secretariat, Abuja), old and new city gates Abuja, Kubwa Road; Keffi fly over, Yangoji, Sabon Wuse (Kaduna Road), Koton Karfe, Barde Junction (Kaduna), Mararaban Jama’a Roundabout (Jos) and Kugbo Market (Nyanya Abuja) or call the toll free line 122 and 070022553772 for prompt response to road crashes and any other traffic-related challenges,” he said.

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8 Comments

  1. Pity! May the souls of the dead rest in peace, amen. But, how can a weak Driver endanger the lives of the people, especially on a night journey?

  2. is not high time we stopped night journey? Whatever they are rushing to meet up with has come to an end, is a pity! May their souls rest wth the Lord. Amen

  3. Alhaji Dan-azumi Gana on

    It’s high time the federal government take urgent steps to abolish night journey in this country, (Nigeria) because the disadvantage involved is more than the advantage. For instance, most of accident victims at night are helpless, may be, some of them that are suppose to be rescued died as a result of no body to render first aid treatment. Secondly, the activities of men of the under-world is another danger for night travellers. Lastly, the activities of Boko Haram can also pose danger to night travellers. With the mentioned reasons above, the federal government should consider the abolition of night journey.

  4. I do not stop to be amazed at how foolhardy people can be.The bible says that a wise man sees danger and dodges but the fool continues,untill he is consumed.I do not pity these folk,I believe mostly Igbo ,how can a sane person amist ,all there inherent dangers posed by night journey still embark on it.Humans are just stupid,find out even as these incident occurs various luxury bus parks are bubbling at night,because they ignorantly believe that what will be will be,whereas most times life is about the choices we make or fail to make,just like igbos and southerners who chose to be slaughtered by the boko haram ,by insisting on staying there for whatever reason,forgetting that is only the living that makes money,like someone pointed out above,whatever those men both the dead and injured endede avoidable at the scene of that accident,so why the rush.

  5. The reasons for night journeys varies from persons to persons, the driver who is tired should find time to rest.
    I was almost killed in 1996 on my way from Lagos to Kaduna when the Luxury bus driver I was travelling in suddenly fell asleep.
    May the soul of the departed rest in the bossom of the lord.

  6. @Badoo the southeners and Ibos that remain in the north in the face of obvious risks are not necessarily doing so bcos of the money they make, rather it is a matter of having no other option. Many may not understand but that’s just the truth.

  7. THE MAN SENATOR on

    sleeping and driving. you cant server two masters at the same time.. life is not precious in nigeria

  8. There is no how one travels from Maiduguri to Aba without meeting the night, it is almost a two days journey.
    Nigeria does not have any means of transportation.

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