By Najib Sani, Bauchi
At least 10 passengers died on Sunday in two separate roads accidents in Bauchi, the spokesman of Bauchi police command, Haruna Mohammed, said.
Mr Mohammed said in a statement on Monday that the first accident occurred near VIO office along Bauchi-Jos road.
According to him, it involved a Honda accord car with registration number: GME-762-HP driven by a soldier attached to 301 Brigade Gombe, I.D Ekpo, whose tyre burst making him to lose control and hit a Boxer motorcycle with registration number: FNN355Q-An.
He said the victims were evacuated by the police patrol team attached GRA Division to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi.
Mr Mohammed, a superintendent, said the achaba rider, Muddafa Kabiru of Nasarawa Jahun, Bauchi died at the hospital, while his female passenger Hanifa Abdulaziz of Yelwan Makaranta quarters, Bauchi suffered fracture on her leg.
The police spokesman said nine people were killed in the second accident involving a commercial Hummer Bus with registration number FKA -328 XA conveying 22 passengers.
The accident, according to the police spokesman, occurred along Azare- Bulkachuwa road, Bauchi when the driver, Garba Mohammed of Ndiski ward, Potiskum was on top speed and the rear tyre of the bus burst.
He said the vehicle somersaulted and crashed into the bush.
“As a result, victims sustained various degrees of injuries,” he said.
Mr Mohammed said a team of policemen attached to Azare Division rushed the victims to Federal medical Centre Azare, where nine passengers, including the driver were certified dead on arrival.
He said 13 other passengers are responding to treatment.
According to him, the bodies have been deposited at a public mortuary for post-mortem examination, while efforts are being intensified get in touch with relatives of the victims.