According to him, six others sustained injuries and were rushed to hospital for treatment.
On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed sadness over the incident and extended his condolences to the families of the victims.
While wishing the injured a quick recovery, the governor asked citizens to continue to drive safely, pay attention to the condition of their vehicles and observe traffic rules as they ply major highways.
The latest accident comes five months after the state recorded an accident at the Kateri axis of the highway.
The commissioner had on March 22 said a commercial DAF trailer carrying 53 passengers was on high speed, lost control and veered off into the bush.
No fewer than 19 people died with 34 others sustaining varying degrees of injuries.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has commiserated with the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and families of prospective corps members from University of Uyo who lost their lives on their way to Camp in Katsina State.
Governor Emmanuel expressed his grief while receiving NYSC Director-General, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who was on a condolence visit to the Government House in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital.
The governor was saddened by the death of the Corps members who lost their lives in an auto crash, noted that as a father, it is painful to lose a child after investing much in raising them educationally and otherwise.
“It is a very sad moment, and a black Wednesday. Well, we cannot question God when things like this happen. It’s God that knows everything and He’s in control of everything, but our heartfelt condolences will always and ever go out to the parents and the families of those corps members,” he said.
“I call them corps members because they’ve been called and the have their call-up letters, so I won’t say prospective I say those Corps members who were on their way to orientation camp and unfortunately this has happened. Our prayers will always go to these our beloved sons that lost their lives.
“I received with heavy heart because I could feel the pains as a father, not after you have finished sponsoring your child to primary, secondary and then up to university and then on his way to NYSC camp and this happened.”
He also thanked the NYSC boss for his prompt reaction to the incidence and condolence visit to the state and families of the corps members who lost their lives, describing him as a good shepherd who has demonstrated love and concern over the well-being of his corps members in the country.
The governor vowed to clamp down on any transport agency that students at night on long distances, lamenting that such sad occurrence would have been avoided if the transport agency was not careless and the driver not fatigued on the wheels.
In his remark, Brig. Gen Shuaibu Ibrahim who led the NYSC delegation described the incident as a sad moment for the scheme and leaving the affected families devastated.
He prayed that God would console Akwa Ibom State and the families who lost their wards on their way to camp.
“The entire NYSC family was completely devastated and of course the good people of Akwa Ibom because we lost those corps members,” Shuaibu said.
“Having received the clarion call, they were patriotic Nigerians and were ready to put in their best to the service of the country but unfortunately we lost them. On behalf of the NYSC management, corps members and staff, please accept our heartfelt condolences.”
The affected prospective corps members are; Asuquo Miracle Effiong, Ekikoh Stella Sylvester, Ezuruike Coleman Chikwuado, Upere Innocent Peter and Akpan Victor Joseph.
“It is with a deep sense of sorrow that the Director-General, Management, and the entire NYSC family commiserate with the families of five Prospective Corps Members that lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident at about 2 am Wednesday, 28th July 2021, along Abaji/ Kwali Expressway,” the statement partly read.
“Indeed, it has been a black Wednesday for the NYSC family. May God grant the families and loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss. May their souls rest in peace.”
NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim prayed that the families and loved ones of the deceased will be granted the fortitude to bear the loss.
About 13 persons have been confirmed dead while 12 others sustained injuries on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
The accident involved an unregistered Volvo truck and a commercial Mazda bus opposite Wichtech roofing and pipes
“I learned the commercial bus was coming from Lagos, when it overtook the vehicle at its front wrongly, before ramming into a stationed vehicle at the roadside killing nine persons in the vehicle on the spot,” the Public Relations Officer of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement, Babatunde Akinbiyi said.
Pictures from the scene of the accident showed vehicles being turned up, with the gory bodies of some of the victims.
The commercial bus driver was said to have wrongly overtaken an ongoing vehicle on the motion which led to the loss of control while the bus rammed into a broken-down truck with waste disposal.
Channels Television gathered that the commercial bus was overloaded with 25 passengers comprising nine men, eight women and eight minors instead of 18 passengers.
While 12 injured passengers consisted of five men, three women and four minors, the 13 dead people comprised four males, five females and four minors lost their lives in the accident.
“The remaining four died at Idera Hospital where they were rescued to by TRACE and Federal Road Safety Corps (gravy) officials,” Akinbiyi said.
Akinbiyi explained that the injured victims were rescued to Idera hospital with the deceased deposited at the same hospital mortuary in Sagamu, saying the vehicles had been towed to Sagamu Police station.
He added, “TRACE Corps will continue to insist that the roadside is not a mechanic workshop where cars should park or be repaired for whatever fault because of its attendant consequences.”
One person has been confirmed dead while another sustained life-threatening injuries in a multiple motor crash close to the Otedola bridge outward Lagos.
The incident occurred on Sunday when a containerized trailer lost control while descending towards the bridge.
In the process of trying to park off the road; the container fell off the body of the vehicle and landed on top of another vehicle which was being driven by a woman. She was rushed to the hospital after sustaining serious injuries.
A young man who was hawking snacks amidst the gridlock was unfortunately crushed to death.
A combined team of officers from the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the police and Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), were immediately deployed to the scene.
Meanwhile, NEMA has appealed to motorists to exercise utmost caution while driving in this festive season.
Police said Sunday that 13 people were killed and many others seriously burned when an overturned petrol tanker exploded in western Kenya as crowds thronged to collect the spilling fuel.
The fuel truck collided with another vehicle and toppled over late Saturday near Malanga, some 315 kilometres (195 miles) northwest of Nairobi, on the busy highway between Kisumu and the border with Uganda.
Onlookers rushed to the scene with jerrycans but the cargo exploded, engulfing those around in a terrible fireball.
“It burst into flames as they scooped fuel that was flowing,” said Charles Chacha, a local police chief in Siaya County where the accident occurred.
“We counted twelve bodies at the scene. Another person died in hospital from their injuries.”
Fire crews arrived on the scene two hours later to douse the inferno while those injured in the blast were taken to hospital.
“Many others have been taken to hospital with serious burns and they include young children,” Chacha said.
The cause of the explosion is not yet known.
Images broadcast by Kenyan media showed the blazing tanker lighting up the night sky and in the morning following, crowds gaping at the twisted, smouldering wreckage.
Deadly fuel truck accidents along perilous roads are not uncommon in Kenya and the wider East Africa region.
In 2009, more than 100 people were killed when a petrol tanker overturned northwest of Nairobi and an explosion consumed those gathering to collect leaking fuel.
More recently, at least 100 people were killed when a tanker exploded in Tanzania in 2019 while in 2015 more than 200 perished in a similar accident in South Sudan.
Nine children and an adult were killed in a fiery multi-vehicle crash on an Alabama highway as heavy storms lashed the southeastern US, authorities said Sunday.
Saturday’s crash on an interstate highway near the city of Greenville involved at least 15 vehicles and was “probably” caused by hydroplaning under torrential rains, Butler County coroner Wayne Garlock told AFP.
Storm Claudette dumped up to 12 inches (30 centimeters) of rain in the Gulf Coast region Saturday. It was blamed for at least two other deaths.
The dead in the crash included a father and his nine-month-old daughter in an SUV, and eight occupants of a van — aged four to 17 — from a “girls ranch” for neglected and abused children, local media reported.
“This was probably the most horrific accident in Butler County history,” Sheriff Danny Bond told the al.com website.
He said at least two of the vehicles involved were 18-wheel trucks, and that four or five other people had suffered nonfatal injuries.
The driver of the van was pulled out alive by a bystander, witnesses said. The bystander then tried to help the children but was prevented by a fierce fire engulfing the vehicle, Garlock said.
The van driver was identified as Candice Gully, director of the girls farm in Tallapoosa County, an official with the state ranch system told al.com.
‘Suffered a great loss’
The SUV driver was identified as Cody Fox, 29, an emergency management worker from Tennessee. His fiancee was injured in the wreck.
Garlock said the crash scene was in an area notorious for hydroplaning as Interstate 65 curves down a steep hill.
Northbound and southbound traffic on the busy highway was halted for hours by the accident, but both had reopened by Sunday, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said on Twitter.
The Tallapoosa County Girls Ranch said it was providing grief counselors for children there.
“Our hearts are heavy today. Our ranch has suffered great loss… Please send prayers our way,” the ranch’s account said on Twitter.
The van in the accident was one of two bringing children back from a weeklong beach outing to nearby Gulf Shores, al.com reported. The other van was unscathed.
Storm Claudette, later downgraded to a tropical depression, has dumped heavy rain across the southeastern US.
The Tuscaloosa News said two people died — a 24-year-old man and his three-year-old son — when a tree fell on their house.
Claudette is forecast to return to tropical storm status on Monday over eastern North Carolina, before weakening again by Tuesday.
The system has washed out roads, trapped motorists in their cars, and flooded residential areas in the region, and the National Hurricane Center warned that further flooding was likely.
Search teams are looking for one missing person after rescuing all other passengers from a large ferry that caught fire in Indonesia, an official said Sunday.
The KM Karya Indah was heading to Sanana, a remote port in the northeast of the Indonesian archipelago when it was engulfed in flames.
Shortly after departing, the ferry caught fire, forcing passengers and crew to jump into the sea to save themselves. There are no reported casualties.
“There were 275 people on board, 274 had been evacuated safely,” Muhammad Arafah, the head of the local search and rescue team told Kompas TV Sunday. “One person, a 43-year-old man, is still being searched for.” He added that at least 35 passengers were children.
Dozens of rescuers are still scouring the area for the missing person.
Images shared by the search and rescue agency showed the large ferryboat enveloped in thick, dark smoke while passengers in life jackets were rescued by rafts.
More than a dozen crew members have been detained and questioned by the local police to determine the cause of the fire.
Maritime accidents are common in Indonesia due to poor safety standards. But passenger ferries are widely used for transport in the archipelago of some 17,000 islands.
In 2019, 21 people died when an overloaded ferry sank in rough seas off Java’s north coast.
In 2018, around 160 people drowned when an Indonesian ferry sank into the depths of one of the world’s deepest lakes on Sumatra island. And more than 300 people are estimated to have drowned in 2009 when a ferry sank between Sulawesi and Borneo.