9 burnt to death, 11 others injured in fatal road accident in Niger state

Nine persons were killed and 11 others injured in a road accident that occurred along Kutigi-Mokwa Road in Niger State.

The accident involving two trailers, a Sharon commercial vehicle and Volkswagen Golf car occurred at about 10 am on Monday, November 8.

Seven of the victims were said to have been burnt beyond recognition in the accident.

One of the trailers was said to have been loaded with planks and the other loaded with varieties of goods were heading for Minna, Niger State capital before the accident happened..

The Sharon vehicle which was conveying passengers, mainly traders and heading for the weekly market day in Kudu village was said to have rammed into one of the trailers and before it burst into flames immediately. The remaining vehicles were also said to have rammed into the burning vehicles.

An eyewitness told Nigerian Tribune that the motor boy of the trailer carrying planks sustained serious injuries and was rushed to General Hospital in Kutigi.

The eyewitness also said the firefighters who responded to the incident ran out of water at some point.

The Sector Commander of the FRSC in the state, Mr Musa Mohammed, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Minna that the four vehicles involved got burnt.

“Two Daf tankers, a Sharon bus and a Volkswagen Golf car were involved. Twenty people were involved in the mishap; nine were burnt to death, while 11 others sustained injuries,’’ he explained.

The sector commander blamed the accident on fatigue on the part of some of the drivers and loss of control of their vehicles.

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Mohammed advised motorists to exercise caution and adhere strictly to speed limits to avoid crashes.

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