A patrol vehicle of the Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) killed two persons and injured five other persons after it rammed into a shop in Bauchi State.
The crash occurred on Friday around 12.45pm, opposite Alkaleri Central Motor park, along Bauchi-Gombe highway.
The Sector Commander, FRSC, Bauchi State, Yusuf Abdullahi, who confirmed the accident in a telephone interview with PUNCH, said the driver of the patrol vehicle developed a sudden health challenge while on motion and ran into some people who were in front of a shop.
Abdullahi said 14 people, comprising five male adults, five female adults, two male children and two female children were involved in the crash.
He added that the accident also involved the FRSC vehicle, a tricycle and two motorcycles.
He said, “It is true there was an accident. Our personnel were returning to the base after the routine patrol and suddenly, the driver shouted and ‘switched off’ on the steering. That was what happened. What happened next was that his vehicle went off the road completely.”
He expressed regret over the incident, saying that, “health challenge can happen to anybody and at anytime.”
As of the time of filling this report, he said the driver was still unconscious at the Alkaleri General Hospital where he was admitted after the incident.
“On behalf of the corps, our hearts reach out to the families of those who lost their lives in the incident. We pray that Allah will comfort them. We also wish those who were injured quick recovery,” he added.