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Kaduna: Driver who crushed six people to death nabbed by FRSC

A driver who crushed six people to death and injured thirty more on the Kano-Zaria road has been taken into custody, according to the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Kaduna State Sector Command.

On Friday in Kaduna, Sector Commander Mr. Kabir Nadabo confirmed the event to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

According to Nadabo, reckless driving and overloading were the accident’s causes.

“A caravan driver conveying bags of rice from Kano to Warri in Delta had a lone accident at Wambai along the Kano-Zaria Highway,” he said, revealing that the road disaster happened on Thursday.

According to him, the caravan was moving at an unsafe pace when it crashed, killing the occupants. This was discovered during the preliminary investigation.

“Men of FRSC and the police conducted the rescue and were on ground for an on-the-spot assessment.”

Nadabo further said that the investigation indicated that the trailer was carrying 57 people, of whom six died and 30 were injured.

“Apparently, the driver lost control of the vehicle due to high speed, and the injured were conveyed to Makarfi General Hospital for further treatment,” he said.

Nadabo stated further that FRSC, on February 24, inaugurated its Joint Special Task Force on Overloading of Goods, Humans, and Animals with other agencies like the Police, NSCDC, FRSC, and KASTLEA.

He said, “The Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dauda Biu, had tasked the Kaduna State Command to work with various security agencies as well as stakeholders.

”This is to ensure drivers overloading their vehicles with goods, humans, and animals are stopped, enlightened, and cautioned on the dangers inherent in the act.

“The joint operation recorded numerous successes with the apprehension of 67 trailers; 1,807 passengers were dropped and made to continue their journeys with alternative vehicles.”

He disclosed that the exercise didn’t record any crashes during the operations except on March 4, when a trailer rammed into a golf saloon car at Abakpa along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, killing five people.

Nadabo said that FRSC, as the lead agency in traffic management and road administration, would continue to engage all the relevant stakeholders on the need to sensitize drivers on the dangers of overloading and night driving.

“What we witnessed today is avoidable and tragic; may I unequivocally state that the driver has been arrested and will be charged to court as soon as the investigation is concluded.

“The corps will continue to explore ways to address the fundamental challenges of rad crashes with a view to reducing them to the barest minimum, “Nadabo said.

The sector commander commended the Kaduna State Government and other stakeholders for their sustained support of the corps.

Nadabo also lauded the media for their friendship, reliability, and support of FRSC programmes aimed at propagating the word of safety to Nigerians. (NAN)

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