29 people burnt to death, others injured, in Yobe road crash

by Isi Esene

29 people were confirmed dead yesterday afternoon in an accident involving two Toyota Hiace buses travelling in opposite directions along Potiskum-Kano Road in Yobe State.

The buses were reported to have collided head-on and immediately burst into flames killing all 29 people with 11 of the victims burnt beyond recognition.

The spokesman of the Yobe State Police Command, Frank Mba, confirmed the accident saying 16 other occupants of both buses escaped the inferno with serious injuries.

According to him, the injured victims have been taken to an undisclosed hospital in Potiskum for adequate medical attention.

Shehu Umar, the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), attributed the accident to reckless driving and over-speeding saying, “Accidents on this road are mostly associated with reckless driving and over-speeding.

“We are yet to determine the destination of the vehicles that is, where they took off from and where they were heading to because. We are still concentrating efforts to deposit the corpses at the General Hospital, Potiskum,” Umar added.

Although the victims of the accident are yet to be identified, Umar revealed that one of the buses belonged to Borno Express Bus Service.

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