By Samuel Bankole
An early morning road crash on Tuesday that involved a trailer and Toyota passenger bus along the Kwali-Abaji expressway, Abuja killed 17 people while four others were rescued with various degrees of injuries while a lone passage escaped unscathed.
A statement by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Assistant Corps Marshal Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem said investigation into the fatal crash revealed that the crash involved 1 DAF Trailer with registration number BAU 632 XA, and a Toyota Bus bearing the following registration details GME 201 ZU.
“Unfortunately, there where a total of 22 occupants involved in the crash, out of which 17 victims all Male were killed. 4 other occupants, also male victims who were rescued alive sustained various degrees of injuries, while the remaining 1 male occupant was rescued without any injury.
“The main cause of the crash according to the report are, excessive speed (Speed Limit Violation) and fatigue.
“As at the time of this statement, the emergency rescue team of the Corps has concluded the rescue of the injured victims to Abaji General Hospital for immediate medical attention, while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the mortuary,” Kazeem said in the statement.
Speaking on the accident, the FRSC Acting Corps Marshal, Dauda Ali Biu cautioned drivers against violating the prescribed speed limit, admonished against night trips as well as urged them to always observe rest period of 30 minutes after every 4 hours drive so as to avoid the dangers of excessive speed and fatigue on the highways.
The Acting Corps Marshal described the crash as avoidable, noting that drivers must avoid speeding as crash investigation conducted over the years have attributed major causes of crashes in Nigeria to excessive violation of legal speed limit on all roads.
He revealed that the fatigue was as a result of the driver’s indulgence in a night long trip without observing adequate rest within the driving period.
According to him, it was this and many other factors that necessitated the directive given by the Federal Government for the Corps to commence sensitisation and subsequently, enforcement on compulsory installation of speed-limiting device in their vehicles.
While warning violators to desist from compromising road traffic regulations, he assured the public that the Corps will step up formidable operational activities that will bring this menace to an end.
Concluding, he admonished the public to always patronize the FRSC toll-free line 122 and the National Traffic Radio 107.1 FM which are always available for all road users to report emergencies at any given time.