Many PDP Supporters Feared Dead As Truck Crashes In Plateau
Many supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been reportedly feared dead as a truck conveying them crashed in the Panyam area of Mangu Local Government Area of Plateau State on Saturday.
Naija News reports that a spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Plateau, Peter Longsan confirmed the incident.
According to him, the number of casualties is yet to be ascertained as many people were rushed to various hospitals by both officials of the FRSC and volunteers.
He disclosed that several others sustained injuries in the crash and are being treated in hospitals around the area.
Longsan in a statement explained that “Our officers just finished taking the victims to the hospital, as to the details, we cannot ascertain as some of the victims were evacuated by other volunteers. The unit commander there said the comprehensive report which will comprise of the number of people involved, number of vehicles involved, the casualty rate, etc will be made available later.”
Naija News however gathered that the accident happened when the party supporters were returning from a zonal PDP campaign flag-off in the Pankshin Local Government Area of the State, on Saturday.
It was learnt that sources from the community where the incident happened told Premium Times that the accident happened around 4 30 p.m.
Reacting to the accident, the governorship candidate of the PDP in the state, Caleb Mutfwang, said he was saddened by the event.
Mutfwangin a statement on Saturday submitted that “On a sad note, a truck conveying some supporters of the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP), from the gubernatorial campaigns flag-off and zonal rally of the Central Zone, Plateau State, in Pankshin, had an accident on Saturday evening after the rally, around Jwak Village, just before Panyam Bridge, Mangu Local Government Area (LGA).
“The supporters who are mostly young people, sustained injuries of varying proportions, while some regrettably lost their lives.
“The governorship candidate, Barr. Caleb Mutfwang (BCM), is deeply saddened by the unfortunate event and is currently involved in evaluating those severely injured from different hospitals in Mangu to Jos, where they would hopefully receive better attention and care.
“While we appreciate all first responders who are currently assisting with the evacuation effort, our thoughts and prayers are with all the families affected by the sad event.”