By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi
In what has become a regular occurrence in Bauchi state since it was declared that the devil has taken over Bauchi roads, two separate ghastly motor accidents on Thursday claimed 15 lives while 6 people were injured.
Confirming the accidents to our Correspondent, State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) stated that the accidents which occurred at about 12.30pm and reported at about 12.35pm at Haka Yafi village along Bauchi – Jos involved two vehicles coming from opposite direction while the second accident occurred about 11 hours after at Kafin Liman on the Bauchi – Kano at about 11.30pm involving three vehicles.
According to the Sector Commander, Bauchi Sector Command of the FRSC, Yusuf Abdullahi, the two vehicles involved in the first accident are commercial vehicles, a Sharon mini bus with registration number YLA 88 ZY while the Toyota has registration number KUJ 182 TU.
The 3 vehicles involved in the second accident were a DAF trailer with registration number, 1KMC95YU; a Ford Sharon mini bus with registration number NNG21MG and an Opel Vectral with registration number BAU490AA while the cause of the accident was obstructions on the highway.
The FRSC added that the possible cause of the first accident was speed violation by the two drivers, Mustapha Adamu who drove the Sharon while name of the other driver, Toyota Hiace could not be ascertained immediately during the rescue operation by personnel of the FRSC.
Nine people all males were involved in the first accident with two of them injured and evacuated to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH) for treatment while corpses of the seven dead people were deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.
The report added that 12 people comprising 9 males and 3 females were involved in the second accident out of which number 8 were killed comprising 5 males and 3 females while 4 who are males were injured.
Both corpses and injured were evacuated and taken to the General Hospital in Kafin Madaki for confirmation, deposit at the mortuary and treatment respectively.
Items recovered from the scene of the first accident included 6 various models of mobile PHONES and the sum of N109,090 while all the obstructions have been cleared for smooth traffic.
Sector Commander of the Bauchi State Sector Command of the FRSC, Yusuf Abdullahi reiterated appeal to all road users particularly drivers to always know that life is just one with no spare and it can be lost within just a second due to negligence.
He therefore reminded them on the need to always obey road traffic rules and regulations in order to stay safe and be alive to be able to embark on another journey.