No fewer than eleven people died in a road crash at Hawan Jaki village along the Alkaleri-Gombe road on Saturday in Alkaleri Local Government Area of Bauchi State.
Nine others sustained varying degrees of injuries in the crash that involved 20 people.
The accident involved a Hiace bus belonging to Yankari Express owned by the Bauchi State Government with the registration number BA114-A28 and a truck belonging to Dangote Company with registration number JMU169XA.
The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, confirmed the incident on Sunday.
Abdullahi said that the incident happened at about 5.30 p.m. and that the FRSC personnel responded immediately by mobilising to the scene for a rescue operation.
According to him, the rescue team rushed the victims to the hospital where nine people were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.
The commander said that two other people who were injured and were receiving treatment later died.
He said that two commercial vehicles were involved in the unfortunate incident.
“We received a call from a good samaritan who informed us of a fatal crash that occurred on Saturday, Oct. 15, at Hawan Jaki village, along Alkaleri-Gombe road at 5.30 p.m.
“Immediately, our rescue team rushed to the scene within 15 minutes and took the victims to the Alkaleri General Hospital for treatment and confirmation.
“It was at the hospital that a medical doctor confirmed nine people dead while 11 others sustained various degrees of injuries.
“A few hours later, an additional report came indicating that two more people, who were injured, died in the hospital while receiving treatment.
“The crash was caused by dangerous driving,” the Commander said.
Abdullahi appealed to motorists to observe traffic regulations, especially during the ember months when there are high volumes of vehicular movements on the roads.
“We are in the ember months and there is always a high volume of vehicles on the roads and it is only when drivers are more careful that we will reduce crashes on our roads.
“I appeal to motorists to be more patient while on the roads so that the carnage from crashed would be reduced to the barest minimum.”