University of Maiduguri students survive ghastly accident

FILE PHOTO: accident scene

The students were travelling from Gombe State

Some students of University of Maiduguri from Gombe State on Tuesday survived a ghastly road accident along the Maiduguri-Biu highway. The students were returning to the university campus in vehicles escorted by armed police officers, witnesses said.

The Gombe State government had provided 12 of the 18-sitter buses in its mass transit fleet to convey the students. The government also provided police escorts to safely get the students through the dangerous Borno highways plagued by the Boko Haram terrorists.

At about 130km from Maiduguri, one of the vehicles, to avoid crashing into another that braked suddenly, swerved into the bush. The driver lost control and the bus somersaulted.

Some of the students in the bus sustained injuries.

The President of the Gombe State Students Association (GOSSA), Abdullahi Yero, told PREMIUM TIMES that “the accident occurred at about 3 p.m., when some of the vehicles running faster than others, decided to slow down to allow those behind catch up with them.

“The driver of the bus that somersaulted did not notice that the ones ahead had slowed down; and when he tried to avert crashing into them he went off the road and somersaulted several time.”

He said though there was no fatality, five of the students sustained serious injuries.

The injured students were admitted at the University of Maiduguri Clinic.



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