The Bauchi State Police command says a total of 25 people died in a fatal car accident along the Bauchi – Kano road on Thursday.
The auto crash happened when a Toyota Hummer bus conveying twenty two passengers and a J5 bus conveying four (4) passengers and twenty (20) cows collided at a location close to Gubi, village at about 6:30am.
A statement by the spokesperson for the state Police Command, Kamal Abubakar, said all the twenty-six (26) passengers from the two vehicles sustained serious burn injuries following the head-on collision.
Kamal said “The victims were immediately evacuated from the scene by security agents with assistance of good samaritans to Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, on reaching the hospital, twenty-five (25) passengers were confirmed dead by the medical doctor while one (1) survived and is on admission receiving treatment.”
He added that investigation has revealed that, all the passengers inside the Toyota Hummer bus were loaded from Katsina on their way to Yola while the passengers in the J5 bus were from Bauchi on their way to Kano.
The Police noted that only four (4) corpses from the J5 bus were identified by their families and released for burial while twenty-one from the Toyata Hummer bus are yet to be identified and claimed by their families.
The force has now called on members of the public whom their family member(s) left Katsina to Yola on Thursday morning and are still unable to reach them to check at the ATBU Teaching Hospital to ensure they were not involved in the crash.
Abubakar also added that Investigation is ongoing to ascertain the cause of the accident.