By Michael Olugbode in Maiduguri

 


Three persons were yesterday feared dead when the vehicle they were travelling with had a headlong collision with another vehicle along the Maiduguri- Damaturu highway at the weekend.

The accident, which occurred at about 4:15pm at Benisheikh, a distance of 72 kilometres from Maiduguri, also saw four persons sustaining serious injuries.

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It was gathered that those that died in the accident include a nurse (name withheld), who is with the Benisheikh General Hospital and two other which identity could not be traced as at the time of filing the report yesterday evening.

According to a source, the nurse and another person both died on the spot, which the third person died at the hospital.

Eyewitnesses revealed that a Golf Volkswagen taxi with five passengers collided with the nurse’s vehicle, a Toyota Carina II, at Benisheikh, living the four passengers in the taxi with various degrees of injuries and fractures in their heads, and limbs and they had to be rushed to the Benisheikh hospital by the rescue team of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).

Confirming the incident yesterday in Maiduguri, the Head of Operation of Borno State sector command of the FRSC, Mr. Amos Yakubu Thliza, said three people died in the road accident but that he was yet to get the details from the FRSC unit in the area.

It was gathered from a source within the FRSC that the road accident occurred when one of the drivers attempted to overtake, but crashed into the oncoming taxi at high speed, killing  the taxi driver and the nurse on the spot.

He said the four other passengers in the taxi were rescued and rushed to the hospital for treatments, noting that they had injuries which include some fractures in their limbs.

The bodies of the nurse and two others, according to the source, have been buried according to Islamic rites at Benishiekh, while some of the injured person had to be referred from the Benisheikh Hospital to the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital (UMTH) for further treatment.

 

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