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12 killed, 28 injured in Zaria-Kano road crash

Tragedy occurred on Monday when a road crash involving an articulated vehicle, with registration number, KTG 454 ZZ, along the Zaria-Kano Expressway claimed not less than 12 lives, while 28 others suffered varying degrees of injuries.

The accident, as confirmed by the Federal Road Safety Corps to PUNCH Metro, occurred at Tashar Yari Village at about 7.36 am on Monday, which the FRSC blamed on overtaking, speeding and overloading.

According to a statement issued by the FRSC media office in Kaduna on Monday, the Chairman of Makarfi Local Government Area and the Unit Commander, Tashar Yari, were on the ground to assess the incident.

“Furthermore, an investigation of the incident revealed that 40 people were involved in the crash, 28 were injured, while 12 others lost their lives. The injured have since been conveyed to Mararfi General Hospital for further treatment,’’ the statement said.

“The owner of the vehicle, who is based in Azare, Bauchi State, has been communicated and directed to report to RS1.1 Kaduna Sector Command, while the driver of the trailer is reportedly among the deceased.

“What we witnessed today is avoidable, hence our resolve to continue to reach out to stakeholders, particularly transport unions to preach and sensitise their drivers to the dangers of speeding,  overloading, dangerous driving and use of phone while driving, among others.”

He said the corps in Kaduna State would strive to continue to work hard and liaise with transport stakeholders and the media in preaching safety.

In his reaction, the Kaduna FRSC Sector Commander, Kabir  Nadabo, in a statement, said: “I want to appeal to motorists to imbibe the culture and conduct of safe driving, particularly on highways. May I use this medium to appreciate the Kaduna State Government for the continuous support to the FRSC activities in the state, and to the media for aligning with the corps’ values in spreading the word of safety.”

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