UPDATED: 15 killed in Jigawa road accident

Accident scene at a village in Gagarawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State

At least 15 people were on Saturday evening killed when a truck loaded with sand collided with a car.

The accident happened at Garin Ciroma, a village in Gagarawa Local Government Area of Jigawa State.

The Volkswagen Gulf 3 vehicle with a passenger capacity of seven and registration number AA 664 DRA was overloaded with 15 persons.

They were said to be returning from Gwaram Local Government Area and were heading to a village in Gwiwa Local Government Area, when the vehicle collided with the truck.

Audu Daurawa, the council Chairman of Gwiwa Local Government Area, confirmed that all the victims are from the council.

The sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Jigawa, Angus Ibezim, also confirmed the accident to PREMIUM TIMES.

He said the truck’s headlights were faulty, thus the car coming from the opposite direction was not aware of it.

The accident happened at about 9 p.m. on Saturday.

The fifteen persons in the car included eight men, four women and three children, all of whom died in the accident.

A resident of the area who rushed to the scene of the crash, described the scenario as touching, saying the women were seen hugging their babies even in death.

Saturday’s accident occurs less than a month after an over-speeding vehicle crushed nine pedestrians to death in Jahun Local Government Area of the state.

The driver of Saturday’s truck with registration number XA 779 NSR, identified as Isyaku Umar, has been arrested.

The Jigawa police spokesperson, Audu Jinjiri, confirmed the arrest.

The victims were buried on Sunday morning.

Mr. Ibezim said the FRSC is considering sanctions on some construction companies in Gumel area of the state.

He said the firms use substandard trucks at their construction site including faulty ones like that involved in the accident.

He also cautioned passengers to avoid night journeys and called on drivers to avoid overloading and overspeeding.


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