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Many killed in crash along Kwali-Abaji road

At least 17 persons have been killed and four others injured in an auto crash on the Kwali-Abaji Road, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC).

A senior FRSC official said the accident occurred before Awawa in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The official, Bisi Kazeem, who is the Corps’s Public Education Officer, confirmed the incident in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.

According to him, the crash, which occurred at about 6:30am, involved two vehicles – a DAF Trailer with registration number BAU 632 XA and a Toyota Bus with registration details GME 201 ZU.

All the 22 persons involved in the accident were male, Mr Kazeem said, adding that the injured victims were provided first aid treatment by rescue workers before being taken to hospital.

“Out of 22 victims, four persons sustained various degrees of injury, 17 died while one was rescued without any injury,” he explained.

“Investigations revealed that the crash happened because of speed limit violations and fatigue.”

He said the corps emergency rescue team took the injured to Abaji General Hospital while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the morgue.

Speaking on the crash, Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu also cited a case of fatigue on the part of the driver, but accused him of failing to “observe adequate rest after a night-long trip”.

He advised drivers against violating prescribed speed limit, saying that crash investigations conducted over the years attributed cause of major accidents in Nigeria to excessive violation of legal speed limit.

Mr Biu also urged drivers to avoid night trips and always observe at least 30 minutes rest after every four hours on the road, in order to reduce accidents on the highways.

Writing by Muzha Kucha; Editing by Tony Okerafor