▪︎25 others injured
The Kaduna State Government on Wednesday received a report from security agencies on a fatal road crash, which occurred at kilometer 26 of the Kaduna-Abuja highway.
The State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan said the crash, which involved a trailer, was caused by a combination of speeding, road defects, driving against the direction of traffic, and loss of control.
He further stated that these caused the trailer to veer off the pavement and overturn, as seen in the pictures of the crash.
Aruwan also confirmed that 12 persons were killed in the crash, with 25 injured, who were now receiving treatment in hospital.
Several livestock also perished in the accident.
He said Governor Nasir el-Rufai expressed sadness at the report of the fatal accident, and commiserated with the families of the deceased, while wishing the injured quick recovery.
The Governor has further enjoined citizens plying the highway to desist from dangerous and potentially disastrous practices like speeding, overloading, reckless driving and driving against the flow of traffic, which was prohibited by the Kaduna State Government a week ago.
In line with this, the Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, on Wednesday led extensive patrols along the Kaduna-Abuja highway to enforce compliance with the ban on driving against the direction of traffic.
A crane was deployed in the road to retrieve two dead bodies mutilated and trapped underneath the wreckage of the trailer.
The scene of the crash has been cleared up, and security agencies have ensured the normal movement of traffic along the route.