A driver’s decision to wrongfully overtake caused the death of four family members.
Nine persons, including four siblings, were burnt beyond recognition, Monday evening, in a multiple car accident which occurred in Bauchi.
The fatal accident involved three cars travelling along the Bauchi-Jos highway.
Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Bauchi State Command, Ibrahim Geidam, said all three vehicles carried a total of about twenty persons.
“Three vehicles carrying about twenty travellers were involved, a Mitsubishi bus, a Volkswagen station Wagon and a peugeot car” Mr. Geidam said.
He said the vehicles caught fire after a head on collision in Gadam village, few kilometres from Bauchi town.
Mr. Geidam said one of the vehicles was carrying about ten members of the same family who were on their way to Bauchi from Jos.
He said that eight of those in the bus are siblings and four of them died on the spot.
The other siblings and other survivors were hurt and taken to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital for treatment.
Mr Gaidam, said the accident was caused by wrongful overtaking by one of the vehicles.
“The Volkswagen Passat and the bus collided head-on, while the Peugeot, which was coming from behind, hit the two vehicles. The Passat and bus caught fire upon impact, burning to death , nine persons, out of whom six were burnt beyond recognition,” Mr. Gaidam explained.
The father of the eight siblings, Abubakar Fulani, hurriedly left Jos to get to the scene of the accident. He was, however, intercepted by robbers who blocked the way in an armed operation for over two hours.