Ten killed as bus rams into truck in southwest Nigeria
Ten people were killed Saturday when a speeding bus lost control and rammed into a stationary truck on an expressway in Nigeria's southwest state of Ogun, local traffic police said.
Ahmed Umar, a sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun, told reporters in Abeokuta, the state's capital, a total of 19 people were involved in the crash, and two of them also sustained injuries in the incident at the Oniworo town along the expressway in Ogun.
Umar said the truck experienced a breakdown and parked on the road without displaying caution signs to oncoming vehicles, while the bus lost control due to excessive speed and crashed into the truck.
The deceased all died on the spot, and the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment, he said.
Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad road conditions and reckless driving.
Meanwhile four members of a family were killed in a road accident on Saturday morning in Tanzania's eastern region of Morogoro, said an official.
Majid Mwanga, the Kilosa district commissioner in Morogoro region, said the accident occurred at around 9:20 a.m. local time when a salon car in which the family was travelling in collided head on with a truck at Dumila along the Morogoro-Dodoma highway.
"A mother and her baby, who were also members of the family, survived but they were injured," said Mwanga.
Manyele Kapongo, a senior medical officer with St. Joseph Health Center, said the center received four bodies comprising of two males, a girl and a child.