Seventeen travelers burned out in car crash in Nasaraw
At least 17 people were burned alive in a horrific car accident in the local government area of Akwanga in Nasarawa State.
A tragic accident involving a commercial and private vehicle occurred Saturday night on the highway between Akwanga and the Goody community.
The Federal Highway Traffic Safety Commission (FRSC) said in a statement Sunday that the travelers were made unrecognizable.
Ebere Onyegbaduo, commander of the FRSC unit in Akwang, noted that the commission was unable to remedy the situation despite receiving a distress signal of the tragic accident, according to the Daily Trust.
“We received a distress call due to a terrible accident at 19:00 in the Ahead Town area between Akwang and Goody.”
“We rushed to the scene and found that the VW Sharon commercial bus and the Toyota Sienna private bus were on fire, along with the passengers inside the burning vehicles.”
“We called the fire brigade, the fire was contained by 11:00 pm, and we completed the rescue operations by 2:00 am.” He said.
However, a preliminary investigation by FRSC showed that a Sharon commercial bus was overtaking a hill at a dangerous bend shortly after the vehicle hit a Toyota Sienna.
The two cars caught fire shortly after a face-to-face collision that killed 17 unrecognizable travelers.
The FRSC noted that the remains of the passengers on the Sharon bus were taken to the Akwanga General Hospital, while those in a private vehicle were taken to the Dalhatu Araf Specialized Hospital in Lafia, the state capital.
Over the years, the Akwanga-Lafia highway has recorded a large number of accidents, resulting in many deaths.
Along the motorway is the famous hill called “Many Gone.”
The highway connects the north with the southeastern region of the country. The federal government has failed over the years to widen the dangerous path to standards.
Source: – Peoplesgazette