NO fewer than 13 persons including three kids have been killed and 11 others injured after a Benue Links bus with registered number plate BDG530SU collided with a truck with registration number MSA513 XA along Akwanga-Makurdi Road in Nasarawa State.
It was gathered that the accident occurred Sunday night at a sharp bend near “Many Have Gone” hill near Unguwan Ciyawa in Eggon Local Government Area of Nasarawa State where 11 persons died in a freak accident last Monday.
An unconfirmed report indicated that 17 persons including the driver were killed in another accident involving an 18-seater bus along the same road on Monday.
The Akwanga-Makurdi accident, it was gathered, plunged the Mass Transit bus and a black car with RBC45AT into a ditch.
According to the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) Sector Commander Ismaila Kugu, the injured were moved to Nasarawa Eggon Hospital.
The Nation learnt that a man Tervershina Jebe lost his wife and three children in the crash, while a yet-to-be identified woman was said to be the only survivor in the 18-seater accident reported to have occurred yesterday along the same route.
At a stakeholder meeting on Road Traffic Accident (RTA) organised by the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) on Monday, Director General of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Emergency Management Agency Idris Abbas said almost 50 persons were killed in accident on that road.
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He said the spate of road accident was worrisome, adding that the government was only paying lip service to it.
“Road Traffic Accident (RTA) is one of the main daily disasters we face in this country. Unfortunately we are paying lip service to it. If there is a plane crash and one person died, the whole world will know but when there is a road accident where 100 people died apart from the responders, probably few of the media report it and they will not make a major headline of it.
“This morning, I received a report that one of the buses of Benue State Transport Service had an accident and killed over 50 people and if not because I have the privilege of knowing, we would have been in dark.
“We need to sit up and educate the populace and also sensitise our leaders and government to place priority in this sector. We need to also keep exploring means and ways to improve. We must stop blaming the responders for every disaster and be patient, responsible,” he said.
Reacting to Sunday’s accident, Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom in a statement by his media aide Terver Akase said it was painful.
He assured that the government would support the treatment of the survivors and assist the bereaved families to bury their loved ones.
Ortom directed the Ministry of Works to liaise with the FRSC and Management of Benue Links to ensure that survivors were given urgent attention and the deceased properly deposited in the morgue.