A head-on collision involving two vehicles at Gabi village along Bauchi-Kano road has left twenty-five passengers dead.
This was confirmed by the Bauchi State Police Command in a statement on Thursday.
The Command spokesperson, DSP Jamal Datti Abubakar, stated that two injured passengers were immediately evacuated from the scene by security agents with the assistance of good Samaritans to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for treatment.
The statement reads in part: “With a heavy heart, the Bauchi State Police Command regret to inform the general public that, there was a fatal motor vehicles accident today, Thursday 12/12/2019 at about 0630hrs, at a location closed to Gubi village along Bauchi – Kano road involving two motor vehicles, Toyota Hummer bus conveying twenty-two (22) passengers and J5 bus conveying four (4) passengers and twenty (20) cows.
“The accident occurred when the two vehicles were coming towards the opposite direction and on reaching a point along the road, they had a head-on collision, as a result, all the twenty-six (26) passengers from the two vehicles sustained serious burn injuries.
“The victims were immediately evacuated from the scene by security agents with the assistance of good Samaritans to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, on reaching the hospital, twenty-five (25) passengers were confirmed dead by the medical doctor while one (1) survived and is on admission receiving treatment.”
DSP Abubakar also said an investigation has revealed that all the passengers boarded the Toyota bus from Katsina on their way to Yola while the passengers in the J5 bus were from Bauchi on their way to Kano.
According to him, up to the time of this release, only four (4) corpses from the J5 bus were identified by their families and released for burial while twenty-one (21) from the Toyota bus were yet to be identified and claimed by their families.