At Least 17 Dead In Nepal Bus Accident

 

At least 17 people, including seven children, died when a crowded bus swerved off the road and plunged into a river in central Nepal on Sunday, officials said.

The bus skidded off the road in Sindhupalchowk district, northwest of the capital Kathmandu, and plunged 50 metres (165 feet) down into the Sunkosi River.

“So far, 17 people have been confirmed dead and another 50 are injured,” district official Goma Devi Chemjong told AFP, adding that 48 others, including the driver, were injured and undergoing treatment.

Local rafters assisted the police and the army to scour the river and rescue any survivors, but some passengers are still feared missing.

“The number of missing is unknown as the bus had no record of the total number of passengers,” Chemjong said

Authorities have not yet confirmed the cause of the crash.

Deadly crashes are relatively common in the impoverished Himalayan nation because of poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

Last month, 11 people died and more than 100 were injured when another bus plunged into a river.

AFP

Five Killed, Several Injured In Ogun Road Accident

 

Five persons have died while several others sustained injuries after a vehicle collided with a median along the Lagos / Ibadan expressway.

The Public Education Officer of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Florence Okpe, confirmed that the accident occurred at Onigari, a border between Ogun and Oyo state, in the early hours of Friday.

According to Okpe, the incident was as a result of over speeding.

“The Federal Road Safety Corps Ogun State Command wishes to inform the motoring public of a fatal crash that occurred this morning at about 0849 hrs on Friday 20 September 2019 on the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway around Onigari, the border town of Ogun State with Oyo State,” she said.

“The lone crash involved a commercial bus that travelled all the way from Sokoto State but stopped briefly in Ibadan to pick other passengers.

“The bus was heading towards Lagos State before it lost control, at Onigari due to excessive speed, and collided with the road median with the bus upturning and bursting into flames.”

“The crash involved 18 passengers comprising 17 Male Adults and 1 Female Adult.”

“A total of 10 adults sustained injuries from the crash but five of the passengers, unfortunately, died from the crash comprising
4 male adults and 1 female adult.”

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According to Okpe, the remains of the deceased have been deposited at the Olabisi Onabanjo Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

Meanwhile, the FRSC Sector Commander in the state, Clement Oladele, has commiserated with the families of the victims and advised members of the public whose relatives travelled, requiring more information about the crash, to contact the FRSC Command at KM27 Ibadan – Lagos Expressway at Ogunmakin or the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital (OOUTH).

He also cautioned the public on the need to drive carefully especially as the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway is still undergoing rehabilitation.

According to Oladele, the recommended speed at construction area is 50 kilometers per hour.

Five Killed In Ondo Road Accident

 

No fewer than five people, including two children, have died in a road crash involving a bus and a truck in Ore Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.

The Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the state, Mr Olusegun Ogungbemide who confirmed the incident to journalists in Akure said the accident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday.

“On September 17, 2019, at about 7:15 am along km 46, Adekunle area in Ore, a bus, Toyota Hiace, marked AKL 930 YY and one articulated vehicle, Man Diesel, marked FGB 747 XA, were involved in a crash,” he said.

According to him, five of the 13 passengers involved in the accident died instantly while seven others sustained various degrees of injury.

The victims were immediately rushed to nearby hospitals.

Ogungbemide believes that the accident was a result of over speeding and an attempt to overtake other vehicles.

He, therefore, warned motorists to be more careful.

15 Persons Killed In Anambra Road Accident

Trailer Crushes Seven People To Death In Onitsha

 

No fewer than 15 persons have lost their lives in a road accident in Agulu town of Anambra State.

The incident occurred when a lorry carrying iron beams lost control while descending the hilly road near the Agulu lake and rammed into three oncoming commercial vehicles.

While inspecting the scene of the accident, Governor Willie Obiano regretted the unfortunate incident that left at least five persons dead.

Obiano who blamed the accident on the over-speeding of the truck driver promised to construct a barrier and speed breakers to avoid a recurrence of such in the future.

“I have been fully briefed of the cause of the accident. The big truck loaded with iron metals apparently failed brake and with that speed collided with two buses at the opposite direction.

“There are some casualties; I am yet to be fully informed of the number. So what we are going to do to stop this is to put a barrier before tomorrow so that we can divert the bigger truck to the other side.

“This place is a very good, smooth road as you can see. So they run as if (they are being pursued). So we are going to put speed breakers too and do a big barrier so that they can go the other way,” he said.

Two BRT Buses Involved In Head-On Collision

Two BRT buses were involved in a head-on collision on Monday morning at Asolo, Ikorodu road in Lagos.

This was confirmed by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) via their official Twitter handle.

The accident which occurred on the BRT corridor resulted in traffic gridlock as onlookers flooded the scene of the crash.

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Although the casualty figures are yet to be confirmed as at the time of this report, eyewitnesses say many who were injured have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

 

This accident comes barely one week after several persons were injured after a trailer collided with a BRT vehicle in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The trailer going inwards Ikorodu skidded off the main carriageway and collided with the BRT.

 

Two Corps Members Killed In Katsina Road Accident

Scene of the accident

 

Two serving members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) have died in a ghastly motor accident that occurred in Gobirawa village along Katsina – Kankara road in Katsina State.

The victims are a male from Anambra and a female from Akwa Ibom state.

Channels Television learnt that the deceased corps members were travelling along with other colleagues in a vehicle with the inscription ‘Corpers For Christ’ to attend a wedding at a Catholic Church in Funtua when the accident happened.

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One of the survivors told the state Governor, Aminu Masari who was at the scene, that the accident occurred due to brakes failure during a heavy downpour.

According to an eyewitness, the driver of the vehicle with the inscription “Corpers For Christ” tried applying brakes but the bus swerved and hit a nearby tree.

Reacting, the governor directed that the surviving corps members be administered first aid treatment.

He thereafter ordered one of his convoy to convey them and the dead bodies to Katsina, the state’s Capital.

16 Die In Kano Road Accident

16 Die In Kano Road Accident

 

Sixteen people have been confirmed dead following an auto crash involving about three vehicles in Kano State, north-west Nigeria.

The accident took place on Friday at Tukai village in Danbatta Local Government area of the state.

An eyewitness told Channels Television that the three vehicles were coming from different directions before they collided.

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“There was an accident involving a 406 Peugeot, Volkswagen Golf and Honda Accord, which happened at about 7pm (on Friday). All victims, including the drivers, died in the crash,” he said.

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Command in the state confirmed the incident to Channels Television on Saturday.

According to the Public Relations Officer of the FRSC Command, Kabiru Ibrahim, the incident occurred as a result of over-speeding.

He said, “The vehicles collided from opposite directions, the cause of which, I can authoritatively tell you was due to speed limit violation and subsequent loss of control by the drivers.”

Mr Ibrahim explained that the golf car took off from Daura to Kano while the Peugeot car was coming from Kano when they collided.

He added, “A team of policemen has recovered N579, 000 and 10,000 CFA Niger Republic’s currency, and plans are underway to hand over the money to the relatives of the victims once we identify them”.

Road Accident Kills 19 Wedding Guests In Jigawa

 

Nineteen wedding guests have reportedly died in a road accident in Jigawa State, Nigeria’s northern region.

The incident occurred on Tuesday when a bus lost control and burst into flames.

The bus was said to be carrying women and children returning from a wedding when its front tyre burst, causing it to skid off the road.

The crash happened on Tuesday in Gwaram Sabuwa, a village around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the state capital Dutse.

Spokesman to the police state command, Abdul Jinjiri, confirmed the incident to AFP saying, “Nineteen people were killed in the accident “.

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Residents said the bus somersaulted and burst into flames, burning the victims alive.

The passengers were said to be returning from a wedding ceremony in nearby Bauchi state when the crash happened.

Road accidents in Nigeria are common. Frequent causes are poorly-maintained roads and vehicles, reckless driving and speeding.

At least 12 people were killed and 16 injured on April 13 when a fuel tanker exploded in the northern city of Gombe after falling on its side.

Nineteen people were killed a week earlier when a truck crashed in northern Katsina state.

AFP

Manhunt Launched After Hit-And-Run Driver Kills 18 Guatemalans

 

Guatemala launched a manhunt on Thursday after 18 indigenous Guatemalans were killed in a hit-and-run by a truck driver who fled the scene.

The Central American nation announced three days of mourning after the incident Wednesday night in the western town of Nahuala, whose population of around 65,000 are mostly K’iche’ Maya.

A group of people had converged at the entrance of the town, at the scene of another hit-and-run in which a local community leader was killed, when they in turn were hit by a truck with its lights off on a road without street lighting.

Chilling images from the scene showed the victims’ bodies in their brightly colored clothing laid out in a line on the asphalt, as relatives cried out in anguish.

“In total there are 18 deaths that have been counted in this tragedy,” fire department spokesman Cecilio Chacaj told AFP, revising down a previous toll of 30 that he attributed to early chaos on the scene where bodies were piled up on top of another.

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Three of the dead were children, Chacaj said.

Another 20 people were injured in the accident, several seriously, and were being treated in hospitals.

The government announced three days of mourning starting Thursday, while President Jimmy Morales tweeted his condolences.

“We are currently coordinating actions to provide all the support to the victims’ families,” he said.

Driver on the run

Police spokesman Pablo Castillo told reporters that an operation was underway to track down the driver.

He added that investigators were initially prevented from getting to the scene by angry residents and relatives of the victims, but were given access after opening a dialogue with community leaders.

Local reports said the man killed in the first accident was a community leader and president of the state Council of Urban and Rural Development, though authorities have not confirmed this.

The semi-trailer did not have its lights on when it struck the group of people, which may have been why the driver did not spot them, while the highway was also unlit, according to local media.

Traffic rules are frequently ignored in Guatemala, a nation of some 16.5 million people.

AFP

25 Migrants Die In Mexican Road Accident

 

A truck packed with Central American migrants swerved off a highway in southern Mexico Thursday, leaving at least 25 dead and 32 injured, officials said.

The accident happened in Chiapas state, bordering Guatemala, the state attorney general’s office said in a statement.

The three-ton truck ran off the road and overturned, it added.

Every year, thousands of poor Central Americans, mainly from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, attempt dangerous trips through Mexico trying to reach the United States.

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Many travel in group caravans for safety, while others hire human traffickers who put them in overcrowded trucks with appalling sanitary conditions.

The truck involved in this accident was carrying an estimated 80 people, said Isidro Hernandez of the local Red Cross. Some who were not injured may have fled.

The fatalities include at least one minor, Hernandez added.

Police and soldiers are working at the scene and there could be more victims, he said.

In October, a caravan with as many as 7,000 people traveled through Mexico all the way to Tijuana on the border with California before eventually disbanding.

AFP

Three Killed In Fresh Lagos-Ibadan Expressway Accident

 

A fresh accident has occurred on the Kara bridge along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, killing three people and leaving several others injured.

The accident which occurred in the early hours of Saturday involved two trucks and three other cars.

Consequently, there has been a gridlock outward Lagos.

However, the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency and other officials are on ground to manage the situation.

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The accident comes barely 24 hours after a fuel tanker fell on the OPIC end of the same road, spilling its content.

Although there were no casualties, the incident resulted in a gridlock which lasted for hours.

27 Killed In Road Crash In South Africa

Mob Burns Nigerian To Death In South Africa

 

At least 27 people were killed Friday in a road crash in South Africa’s northern Limpopo province after a truck swerved into oncoming traffic when its tyre burst, a local minister said.

The accident involving multiple vehicles killed 25 travelling in a mini-bus taxi and two more in a sports utility vehicle.

“Overall we lost 27 people with four others sustaining serious bodily injuries,” said the provincial transport minister Makoma Makhurupetje.

“What happened today is nothing short of a disaster,” she said in a statement.

Earlier she told AFP the truck had burst one of its front tyres.

“Unfortunately it crossed over into oncoming traffic with another four vehicles and one of the vehicles was a taxi (minibus),” Makhurupetge said.

Despite having one of the most sophisticated road networks on the continent, South Africa battles with a high rate of road fatalities blamed mostly on speeding, reckless driving, unroadworthy vehicles and failure to use seat belts.

AFP