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Sallah Tragedy: Gas Tanker Kills 15 In Niger State

At least 15 people lost their lives yesterday at the popular Dakwa
junction in Madalla Niger State, on the outskirts of the Federal Capital
Territory (FCT), Abuja in an accident involving a gas tanker, a Sharon
car and several tricycles popularly called Keke Marwa.

among them an official of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)
drafted to accident scene on rescue mission, told New Telegraph that the
accident, which occurred about 2.50p.m., was triggered by loss of
control on the side of the tanker driver.

The tanker driver, the
FRSC official said, had successfully dodged a cyclist (an okada rider)
who suddenly crossed highway from the opposite direction.

explained that while the tanker driver was able to dodge the cyclist, he
lost control of the vehicle and rammed into a stationed Sharon car with
unspecified number of passengers. All the passengers, including the
driver, died.

The tanker, he added, crushed several tricycles parked on the roadside with their operators and passengers inside.

New Telegraph counted five badly damaged tricycles and a makeshift shop which was severely destroyed by the truck.

witness said: “You know this spot is notorious for truck accidents. The
truck, which we later discovered to be carrying gas, was heading to
Kaduna Road from probably inside Abuja. An okada rider, with a female
passenger, crossed from the opposite direction. He crossed from in
between Eco Bank and Oando filling station. The tanker driver dodged
him, but lost control of the tanker in the process. The Sharon space bus
parked with passengers by roadside was crushed. It went down further
the slope crushing several tricycles waiting for passengers.”

victims’ bodies had been evacuated to the morgue of the General
Hospital, Suleja, while the injured were admitted at the same hospital
for treatment.

The spot, the Madalla market axis, is notorious
for accidents. There had been attempts in the past by Niger State
government to relocate the weekly market to a safer location but it
never worked out.


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