17 killed in Abuja road crash


On Tuesday, 17 passengers were killed in a car accident on the Kwali-Abaji Expressway near Awawa in the Federal Capital Territory.

This comes as the Acting Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dauda Ali Biu, warns drivers against exceeding the speed limit.

Biu issued this warning while describing an avoidable crash that occurred around 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

FRSC spokesman, Bisi Kazeem, in a statement on Tuesday, said four other occupants of the vehicle were injured whilst one male occupant was rescued without any injury.

He admonished against night trips as well as urged drivers to always observe rest period of 30 minutes after every four hours drive so as to avoid the dangers of excessive speed and fatigue on the highways.

“Investigation into the fatal crash revealed that the crash involved 1 DAF Trailer with registration number BAU 632 XA, and a Toyota Bus bearing the following registration details GME 201 ZU.

“The main cause of the crash according to the report are, excessive speed (Speed Limit Violation) and fatigue,” the statement partly read, adding that the injured were rushed to the Abaji General Hospital while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the mortuary.