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.
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.
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”.
Otedola Bridge Fire:
Reckless Danfo driver speeding on 1 way had an 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. @Gidi_Traffic@followlasgpic.twitter.com/WZvTf0EiWO
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.
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.
President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed saddened over the tragic accident which led to the death of Senator John Shagaya.
Shagaya, a former Senator representing Plateau south He reportedly died on Sunday following a motor accident that occurred while he was on his way to Langtang, Plateau state.
President Buhari in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, offered condolences to the Shagaya family, friends, the Government and people of Plateau State on the painful passing of their illustrious son.
“The President pays tribute to the great Nigerian whose legacies will live on in the patriotic work he did as a military officer, who rose to the position of a General, and a distinguished Senator of the Federal Republic that ably represented the Plateau Southern zone.
“The President affirms that at each step of his distinguished career in national service and politics, General Shagaya brought his deep convictions and discipline to national, regional and community assignments and was ready to always offer his best to the development and stability of the country,” the statement read in part.
Shagaya before his tragic death was recently appointed as the chairman National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS) by President Buhari.
Ogun State Government has promised to provide special health care support for victims of road accidents within 24 hours of the incident in any part of the State.
The State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye, said this during the second Annual Trace Corps Commander’s Conference in Abeokuta tagged: “Capacity Building in Road Traffic Management: Panacea for Combating Road Traffic Crashes within Ogun State.
He said with the initiative, the state government will ensure the protection and safety by collaborating with the Corps on Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) training to equip officers and men who are in most cases the first respondents at an accident scene.
“We will take responsibility of crash victims by taking them to any of the State Hospitals within 24 hours of any road accident. We will also ensure that the people of the state are protected, that is why we will be collaborating with Trace on CPR training,” he said.
The State government according to Ipaye will also partner Psychiatric hospitals at checkmating irrational driving habits on the highways, saying those found guilty would be made to undergo a psychiatric test.
No fewer than 18 persons were reported to have died Friday after an 18-seater commercial bus and a tanker conveying diesel collided along the Owerri-Orlu road in Imo state.
Eyewitness accounts say immediately the collusion occurred, the tanker caught fire and both vehicles went into flames.
According to the eye witness, the trailer which was conveying about 50,000 liters of diesel lost control on the Njaba Bridge and rammed into the oncoming commercial bus conveying 18-passengers.
The Imo state sector commander of Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Kayode Aremu, said his men have been deployed to the scene to ensure that traffic is been controlled in the area and that all casualties are taken to the mortuary.
The number of casualties is however, yet to be ascertained.
At least eight persons are feared dead after a tipper truck loaded with sand crushed a commercial bus carrying passengers along the upper Sakponba road in Benin City the Edo State capital.
The accident which happened on Tuesday morning was said to be as a result of the tipper’s failed brakes which subsequently caused it to lose control and collide with the bus.
Among those who died were the driver of the bus, the conductor as well as women and children.
Meanwhile, angry commercial bus drivers and community youths are now rioting over the incident calling on the state government to urgently create parks for them and regulate the activities of tipper truck drivers.
The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps has confirmed the death of 10 persons following a road accident which occurred at Ibara Village, along the Abeokuta/Sagamu Expressway.
Confirming the incident, the state FRSC commander, Clement Oladele said it happened as a result of reckless driving.
“The accident was caused as a result of over speeding and recklessness on the part of the driver of the articulated vehicle. The 18-seater bus heading to Ago Iwoye from Abeokuta, the state capital was parked before it was rammed into by the articulated vehicle which was at top speed.”
Oladele however, cautioned road users to be more careful while driving especially during the rainy season.
“I am using this medium to appeal to road users to be more careful, especially this time of the raining season as the roads tend to be slippery and dangerous to drive on. They should obey the necessary speed limits in order to save avoidable deaths on our roads,” he stated.
An officer of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) has been confirmed dead while four of his colleagues sustained injuries in an accident at Showo village along Abeokuta/Sagamu Expressway in Ogun southwest Nigeria.
Representative of the Ogun State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, confirmed the accident.
Akinbiyi explained that the accident involved a Honda CRV with registration number LSD 191 ET and a truck.
He said that the truck was trying to make an illegal U-turn back to Sagamu without indication before the Honda car rammed into it from the back.
“The Honda CRV had five occupants, all SARS officers, four male and one female but unfortunately the driver of the Honda CRV died.”
Akinbiyi stated that the injured have been taken to Federal Medical Centre, Idi-Aba, Abeokuta for treatment.
The State Police Public Relations Officer, Abimbola Oyeyemi, who also confirmed the accident, said that the officers were returning from Sagamu where they had gone for a court proceeding when the accident occurred.