Overloading: 20 Die In Kaduna-Abuja Highway Accident
Overloading a vehicle is just one way of making it difficult for people to survive when accidents occur.
Now, that single act has thrown several families into mourning after a Sunday night tragedy along the Kaduna-Abuja express way.
No fewer than 20 people died in a ghastly motor accident on that road.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Roads Safety Corps in Kaduna State, Mr Umar Ibrahim, said the accident occurred around 7 p.m. at Dutse U-turn, 22 kilometres from Kaduna metropolis.
Ibrahim said the accident involved a white DAF articulated vehicle with registration number: AJG118XA and a white Toyota HAICE bus with registration number: XA866MLF.
He said that the 16-seater bus was overloaded with 30 passengers, 29 males and a female going to the southern part of the country.
According to him, the accident occurred when the truck that was coming from Abuja axis was trying to make a u-turn at Dutse when the bus coming from Kaduna axis rammed into it, killing 17 people instantly.
“Ten others sustained injuries and were rushed to the hospital by an FRSC official, where three of them also died,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Monday.
The sector commander said that the truck was going to evacuate cows from a broken-down truck close to the accident scene.
According to him, the number of the death was this high because the bus was extremely overloaded.
“The bus was not only overloaded with passengers but also choked with dismembered motorcycles belonging to the passengers, “he said.
After the accident occurred, a traffic gridlock that lasted for about four hours followed.
“We had to divert traffic to single lane before we were able to clear the wreckage and allow free flow of traffic.”
An eye witness, Kabiru Mohammed, said he was on his way to Abuja when he came across the accident.
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“Initially I thought it was armed robbery in progress, because I saw motorists turning back and taking the other lane, before I saw the articulated vehicle by the u-turn that obstructed traffic.
“On getting there after I took the other lane, I saw a lot of people lying dead, while FRSC officials were trying to take the injured to the hospital.
“It was really a terrible sight,” Mohammed said.