Nigeria: Tragic Auto Accident Claims 10 Lives and Injures 48 on Abuja-Kaduna Highway

Nigeria: Tragic Auto Accident Claims 10 Lives and Injures 48 on Abuja-Kaduna Highway

By Ahmad Hadizat Omayoza, Mamos Nigeria

On March 18, 2024, a devastating auto crash shook the Abuja-Kaduna expressway, resulting in the loss of 10 lives and leaving 48 individuals injured. The incident, involving a DAF trailer, was a stark reminder of the perils of excessive speed, overloading, and driver fatigue on our roads.

Reacting to this tragedy, Corps Marshal Dauda Biu of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) swiftly condemned the reckless practice of trailers transporting passengers atop goods. He emphasized the need for rigorous enforcement and advocacy campaigns nationwide to curb such dangerous behaviors.

The crash occurred at 10:30 AM and involved a total of 172 male adults. Tragically, 10 individuals lost their lives, while 48 others sustained injuries. Prompt response efforts by FRSC rescue teams led to the evacuation of injured victims to hospitals such as Saint Anthony and Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, with the deceased passengers respectfully handled at the morgues of these medical facilities.

In light of the escalating incidents of irresponsible road usage, the Corps Marshal directed commanding officers to initiate result-oriented patrol operations and mobilize mobile court operations along critical corridors. Furthermore, FRSC operatives continue to monitor and provide necessary medical attention to the injured victims recuperating in hospitals.

This unfortunate event underscores the urgent need for concerted efforts to enhance road safety measures and promote responsible driving practices. As communities mourn the lives lost and support the injured, authorities and citizens alike must prioritize road safety awareness and adherence to traffic regulations to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

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