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

11 Migrant Workers Killed In Italy Road Crash

Firefighters work at the scene where a tanker truck exploded on a motorway just outside Bologna, northern Italy, on August 6, 2018.  AFP

 

Eleven migrant agricultural workers were killed Monday when the van transporting them during harvest season smashed into a lorry in southern Italy, the Italian fire service said.

All those who died in the crash, which took place near the city of Foggia in Puglia, were non-EU citizens, the fire service told AFP. Every summer thousands of migrants from around Europe and Africa work in the area picking tomatoes.

AFP

Fresh Accident Occurs On Otedola Bridge

 

A fresh accident has occurred Friday, along the Otedola Bridge axis of Berger in Lagos, barely 24 hours after a tanker exploded around the same spot.

According to the Rapid Response Squad (RRS), two vehicles, a commercial bus and a Toyota Hiace colluded inward Lagos, opposite the scene of Thursday’s accident.

The RRS said the incident was a result of reckless driving on the part of the commercial bus driver who was on high speed against the traffic.

“Reckless Danfo driver speeding on 1 way had a head-on collision with Toyota Hiace bus entering Lagos opposite scene of yesterday’s tanker fire. The buses have been moved from obstruction while wounded passengers hospitalised”.

Men of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) and other security officials were on ground for rescue operations.

Yesterday, a fuel-laden tanker exploded along the same bridge after its brake was said to have failed.

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The tanker was heading out of Lagos towards the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway when the crash occurred, engulfing at least 50 vehicles, leaving nine persons dead and four others injured.

LASEMA’s General Manager, Mr Adesina Tiamiyu, confirmed to the figures to Channels Television.

Eyewitnesses, however, said the death toll could be higher as many people were trapped in their cars at the time of this report.

As the fire spread, many drivers had to abandon their vehicles and flee as firefighters tried to battle the raging blaze.

Traffic was stopped on both sides of the road as emergency officials battled to put out the fire and attend to those affected.

Although the fire has been put out by the officials, the road remains closed with rescue officials still working on the scene.

20 Feared Killed By Fire In Ondo Road Accident

20 Feared Killed By Fire In Ondo Road Accident
Map of Ondo

 

At least 20 passengers were reported killed by fire in a road accident along the Epinmi-Isua-Akoko Road in Ondo State.

The auto crash, which occurred on Tuesday in Akoko South-East Local Government Area of the state, was also said to have left other passengers with varying degrees of injuries.

Channels Television gathered that the incident took place when two vehicles had a head-on collision with each other on the road.

An eyewitness who spoke under anonymity said the accident involved a 14-passenger Toyota bus and a Range Rover SUV.

He said both vehicles collided with each other, resulting in an inferno which burnt some passengers of the vehicles beyond recognition.

The witness, however, noted that the drivers of the two vehicles survived the accident, but with injuries and were quickly rushed to a hospital where they were being given medical treatment.

Sources also revealed that the remains of the victims of the accident have been deposited at the morgue of the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Ikare-Akoko.

Meanwhile, officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) deployed in the area were said to have arrived quickly at the scene of the accident to contain the situation.

The spokesman for the Ondo State Police Command, Mr Femi Joseph, has also confirmed the incident.

He blamed the ghastly accident on reckless driving on the part of the drivers of the two vehicles involved.

32 Chinese Die In North Korea Road Accident

A section of the Pyongyang to Kaesong highway. A road accident in North Korea has caused “heavy casualties” among Chinese tourists, the foreign ministry in Beijing said on April 23, 2018. Credit: Ed JONES / AFP

 

Thirty-two Chinese tourists and four North Koreans were killed when a bus plunged from a bridge in North Korea, Chinese officials and state media said Monday.

Two other Chinese nationals were injured in Sunday’s accident south of the capital Pyongyang, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a regular press briefing.

Lu said China was investigating the cause of the accident and had deployed a team, including medical experts, to North Korea “to assist with the emergency rescue and treatment operations”.

The ministry provided few details but China’s official Xinhua news agency reported later that the bus had fallen from a bridge in North Hwanghae Province on Sunday night.

China’s state broadcaster showed images of a large overturned vehicle, with light rain falling on rescue vehicles at night and doctors attending to a patient.

China was informed about the accident on Sunday night and its embassy personnel in Pyongyang rushed to the scene, the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The vast majority of foreign tourists to North Korea are Chinese, with the Cold War-era allies sharing a long land border and operating flights between the two countries.

Western visitors to the North once averaged around 5,000 a year, but numbers have been hit recently by a US travel ban –- Americans accounted for around 20 percent of the market –- and official warnings from other countries.

Tens of thousands of Chinese tourists are believed to visit the North every year, with many crossing via train through the Chinese border city of Dandong. For some, North Korea provides a window into what Communist China may have looked like decades ago.

Chinese tourism to the North has continued even though Beijing has enforced a slew of United Nations sanctions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme.

 ‘All necessary means’ 

President Xi Jinping urged China’s foreign ministry and embassy in North Korea to take “all necessary means” to handle the accident, and called for an “all-out” effort to help the injured and deal with the deceased, according to Xinhua.

China’s state broadcaster CGTN had tweeted that the tour bus had plunged from a bridge prior to official confirmation of the accident. The post was later deleted without explanation.

North Hwanghae province lies south of the capital Pyongyang and stretches to the border with South Korea. It includes the city of Kaesong, an ancient Korean capital with historical sites.

More recently, the area hosted a manufacturing complex operated with the South.

The tour group was travelling by bus from Kaesong to Pyongyang when the accident happened, according to the independent Seoul-based website NK News, which cited an unnamed source.

North Korean roads are largely poor and potholed, and in many areas they are dirt rather than tarmac. Vehicles are sometimes forced to ford rivers or take detours when bridges are unpassable.

But the route from Pyongyang to Kaesong, where the accident reportedly happened, is one of the best in the country.

It runs north-south from the Chinese border to the Demilitarized Zone on the border with South Korea but has little traffic, like all North Korean highways.

Tank traps have been installed along the road in many locations –- sets of high concrete columns on either side of the road that can easily be blown up to create an obstruction for invading armoured vehicles.

AFP

Chibok Schoolgirl’s Parent Dies In Road Accident

30 Chibok Girls Are Alive, Not 15 – Salkida

A parent of one of the kidnapped Chibok schoolgirls was killed in a road accident on Sunday as they traveled in a convoy to visit the students, it was reported.

The group of parents were making their way from Chibok in Borno State to Yola, the capital of Adamawa State, where the majority of the girls who have been released by Boko Haram jihadists are studying at the American University of Nigeria.

“We left Chibok this morning in a convoy of seven buses for Yola to visit our daughters at the American University,” Yana Galang, from the Abducted Chibok girls Movement for Rescue, told AFP.

Halfway between Chibok and Yola, the driver of one of the vehicles lost control after easing the brakes and hit a road maintenance truck, Galang said.

“One person died and 17 others were critically injured. Eight of them sustained fractures on hands and legs,” she added.

The kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from Chibok in April 2014 shocked the world and became a symbol of the abuses committed by Boko Haram.

Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and returned to Chibok.

Over the following three years, 107 more were found, rescued or exchanged after negotiations between the government and their captors.

The majority of former captives are attending the American University of Nigeria in Yola, a prestigious private institution in northern Nigeria.

The families of a hundred hostages are still waiting for news.

AFP