By Our Correspondent
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), on Tuesday, confirmed 17 people dead and four others injured in an auto crash on Kwali-Abaji Road, before Awawa in Abuja.
The Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, in a statement, said the crash occurred at about 6.30 a.m. involved two vehicles.
The vehicles are a DAF Trailer with registration number BAU 632 XA and a Toyota Bus with registration details GME 201 ZU.
Kazeem said 22 people involved in the accident were all males.
“Rescue team gave the injured victims first aid treatment before taking them to hospital.
“Investigations revealed that the crash happened due to speed limit violations and fatigue,” he said.
He said emergency rescue team took the injured to Abaji General Hospital while the corpses were deposited at the morgue.
Speaking on the crash, the Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Biu advised drivers against violating prescribed speed limit.
Biu said that investigations over the years attributed cause of crashes in Nigeria to excessive violation of legal speed limit.
He also attributed the fatigue to the driver’s inability to observe adequate rest after night-long trip.
According to him, drivers’ attitude necessitated the sensitisation and subsequent enforcement of compulsory installation of Speed Limiting Device.
He advised drivers to avoid night journey and always observe 30 minutes rest after every four hours drive to avoid accidents.
The Acting Corps Marshal also urged them to desist from compromising road traffic regulations.
He assured the public that the officers of the FRSC would step up operational activities to check traffic accidents.
He enjoined the public to always call FRSC toll-free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM, for emergencies.
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