Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Ali Biu has cautioned drivers against violating prescribed speed limit, admonished against night trips as well as urged them to always observe rest period of 30 minutes after every 4hours drive so as to avoid the dangers of excessive speed and fatigue on the highways. This is coming on the heel of the fatal crash that occured during the early hours of Tuesday, along the Kwali- Abaji expressway.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Corps Marshal Corps Public Education Officer Bisi Kazeem. Investigation into the fatal crash revealed that the crash involved 1 DAF Trailer with registration number BAU 632 XA, and a Toyota Bus bearing the following registration details GME 201 ZU. Unfortunately, there were a total of 22 occupants involved in the crash, out of which 17 victims all Male were killed. 4 other occupants, also male victims who were rescued alive sustained various degrees of injuries, while the remaining 1 male occupant was rescued without any injury.
The main cause of the crash according to the report are, excessive speed (Speed Limit Violation) and fatigue. As at the time of this statement, the emergency rescue team of the Corps has concluded the rescue of the injured victims to Abaji General Hospital for immediate medical attention, while the remains of the dead victims were deposited at the mortuary.
Speaking on the causes of the crash, the Acting Corps Marshal maintained that drivers must avoid speeding as crash investigation conducted over the years have attributed major causes of crashes in Nigeria to excessive violation of legal speed limit on all roads. He revealed that the fatigue was as a result of the driver’s indulgence in a night long trip without observing adequate rest within the driving period. According to him, it was this and many other factors that necessitated the directive given by the Federal Government for the Corps to commence sensitisation and subsequently, enforcement on compulsory installation of speed limiting device.