55 die in Yobe auto crash
Fifty five People have died in two separate road crashes in Yobe state in the early hours of Monday, the Federal Road Safety Yobe Command has said.
The Public Relation Officer of the Corp in Yobe State Yusuf Sani told newsmen in Damaturu that one of the accidents occurred along Gashua-Garin Alkali road and killed 20 people out of whom 16 were women and 4 men while the other one involving three cars occurred on Damaturu-Potiskum causing the death of 35 people.
An eyewitness in Gashua who spoke with our correspondent on phone informed that the accident happened while some villagers were returning from the Sunday Market in the area.
On the cause of the accident, Yusuf said it was as a result of “over-speeding and dangerous overtaking.”
“The accident at Gashua killed 20 people. Out of that number, 16 are women and 4 are men. They were returning from a local Sunday market from Garin Alkali. On the accident along Damaturu/Potiskum Road, 35 people died, only 7 survived,” Sani disclosed.
The spokesman informed that those who sustained injuries were taken to Damagum General Hospital, adding that the corpses have equally been evacuated to the same hospital.