From Ahmed Kaigama, Bauchi
Ten people were killed while two others sustained serious injuries in an auto crash when a commercial Sharon bus from Bauchi going to Abuja collided with a trailer tanker at Sabon Garin Nabordo village along Bauchi-Jos road in Toro local government area of Bauchi state.
The state FRSC Sector Commander, Mr. Henry Sunday Olatunji, confirmed the incident to newsmen in Bauchi yesterday.
“All the occupants of the commercial bus were men who were heading to Abuja. The incident occurred around 9.44am today (yesterday). We learned that the trailer tanker and the commercial bus with registration numbers AH 45 JRE and GME 01 XA collided and diverted into the bush.
“From our investigations, the men hired the commercial bus and were going for an official engagement”, he further disclosed.
He attributed the crash to wrong overtaking by the driver of the commercial bus who left his lane on top speed and unfortunately collided with the tanker.
An eyewitness also alleged that the accident was caused by over speeding on the part of the driver of the commercial bus who was in hurry to overtake two vehicles in front of him.
“We counted ten people who died at the spot while two others were seriously injured and three other persons were lucky to survive the crash as they did not sustain any injury”, the witness stressed.