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Yautare Pick-up Vehicle Accident Claims 18 Lives

No fewer than 18 persons were killed while two others sustained varying degrees of injuries in a road crash involving a Hilux pickup vehicle in Yautare, Darazo Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

The Head of Operations, Federal Road Safety Corps, Bauchi Command, Paul Gua, who confirmed the accident to journalists on Saturday, said the vehicle had been conveying traders to Dukku, Gombe State, for business.

According to him, the accident occurred when the tyre of the van with number plate DRZ 716 XA burst at top speed.

Gua added that 20 adult males were in the vehicle when the accident happened around 12.30 pm.

He noted that 16 persons died on the spot, while two others died later at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare.

He said, “The other two persons (survivors) are in critical condition. They were transferred from the Federal Medical Centre, Azare, to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, where they are currently receiving treatment.”

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