Tragedy struck at the Kateri axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday March 21, when no fewer than 19 people were feared dead and 34 others injured during a fatal road crash.
The incident was confirmed on Monday by the Commissioner Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, who confirmed that 34 others victims were injured and are now receiving treatment in a hospital.
According to him, the crash, which occurred late on Sunday evening, March 21, involved a commercial DAF trailer and was caused by a combination of speeding, and an exploding tyre, leading to a loss of control, which caused the vehicle to veer into the bush.
“A total of fifty-three (53) people were involved in the crash; 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead. Thirty-four (34) sustained injuries which ranged from bruises and cuts to dislocations and head injuries. They were evacuated from the scene by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps. The survivors are receiving treatment in hospital,” he said.