No fewer than 19 persons died in a road accident on Sunday at the Kaduna- Abuja highway.
According to a statement issued by the Kaduna State Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, 34 oher passengers sustained various degrees of injuries.
While stating that the survivors were receiving treatment in hospital, Aruwan added that the driver of the vehicle informed security officials that all the passengers boarded the vehicle at Kara in Lagos and were heading to Kano, with a few of them disembarking in Zaria.
The statement read, “Security agencies have reported that 19 people died in a ghastly road traffic crash at the Kateri axis of the Kaduna-Abuja highway on Sunday.
“According to the report, the crash, which occurred late on Sunday evening, involved a commercial DAF trailer and was caused by a combination of speeding and an exploded tyre, leading to loss of control, which caused the vehicle to veer into the bush.
“A total of 53 people were involved in the crash, 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead.”