Auto crash kills 12, injures 30 in Plateau

Twelve persons were confirmed dead on Thursday, while 30 others sustained various degrees of injuries in an accident involving a truck at the Hawan-Kibo community in Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State.

It was gathered that the articulated vehicle was loaded with bags of grains and human beings and was descending a hill on the dilapidated road when it crashed into a ditch in the afternoon.

Eyewitnesses said when the trailer, which was moving out of Jos, crashed, it spilt its contents in the ditch, leaving many of the victims dead on the spot.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Plateau State, Mr Godwin Alphonsus, confirmed the accident in Jos on Thursday evening.

The sector commander said, “It was a lone crash. The trailer was carrying bags of grains and human beings. It had a brake failure and crashed into a ditch while ascending a hill.

“The accident happened in the afternoon on Thursday.”

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