At least seventeen passengers were feared dead in an auto crash along Maiduguri-Damaturu highway after an 18-seater bus collided with a fuel tanker on Friday.
A source who witnessed the incident, said the bus, which was conveying mostly young persons, suddenly swerved off its lane and landed in front of an oncoming fuel tanker.
The eyewitness, Ngari Modu, said:
“The bus was going on high speed when it suddenly skid off its lane and ran headlong towards an oncoming fuel tanker which”.
“The tanker ran over the bus which immediately caused the two vehicles to catch fire. Seventeen out of the 18 persons in the bus burned to death, while only one person managed to come out alive.”
Following the unfortunate road mishap, a huge gridlock emerged on the highway as security personnel tried to secure the area after the fire from the fuel tanker continued to burn for hours.
Attempts to get the sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, S.U Ilyasu, for comments, proved abortive.