A ghastly automobile accident along the Bauchi-Darazo Road involving a bus conveying students of the Federal Government Girls College, Bauchi and two other vehicles, on Monday claimed seven lives.
A Correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria visited the scene just as the corpses of the deceased and those injured were being evacuated.
The NAN reporter reports that the students, 17 of them, survived the accident.
Some of the students who spoke to NAN, but did not want their names mentioned, said they were indigenes of Borno State and were being conveyed to Maiduguri as the school had closed for the long vacation.
They said six of their colleagues had minor injuries and had been taken to the hospital in Bauchi.
Narrating the cause of the incident to NAN, the driver of the bus, Malam Dayyab Tahir, said a car coming from the opposite direction on high speed, veered off its lane and collided head-on with another car moving ahead of his bus.
Tahir said but for the automatic brake he applied, which reduced the impact when his bus also rammed into the two vehicles, the casualty on the part of the students would have been very high.
The Public Relations Officer of Federal Road Safety Corps in Bauchi, Rilwan Suleiman, confirmed the incident to NAN.
Suleiman said dangerous driving and high speed by one of the cars involved, caused the accident.
He said of the 33 passengers in the three vehicles, seven died and nine were injured.