A day that started with high expectations has ended with mourning for 11 women in Kano.

They had joined the train that went visiting the family house of a bridegroom to pick some other people.

On their way from the house, their vehicle lost control and crashed into an abandoned tollgate building in the Na’ibawa ‘Yan Lemo area of Kano State.

It was gathered that the accident occurred around 9pm after the driver of a commercial bus with 18 passengers tried to avoid crashing into a saloon car.

It was learnt that all the dead victims were buried on Sunday at a cemetery in the Hotoro area of the city.

A survivor of the crash, Aliyu Yusuf spoke to newsmen.

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He said, “We were coming back from the groom’s family house when we suddenly noticed a speeding Golf car behind us.

“The driver of the Golf car was speeding and he suddenly noticed a huge pothole; so, he veered into our lane.

“To avoid being hit by the Golf car, our driver swerved to the other lane, but there was a trailer coming behind us, leaving us with no option than to return to our original lane. It was in the process that the driver lost control and ran into the tollgate building.

“I didn’t know how I survived. I just saw myself standing by the roadside with another boy, who was also in the vehicle. But when I looked at the car, I noticed that it was completely damaged.

“I saw blood and bodies everywhere and I saw a dead woman with a baby screaming on her back.”

The spokesman for the Federal Road Safety Corps in Kano State, Kabiru Daura, who confirmed the incident via a text message, said, “Yes, we are aware. A vehicle conveying women ran into the tollgate building at Yanlemo on Zaria Road.

“Eight persons died on the spot, while three others died after receiving emergency treatment.”