From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has expressed shock and sadnes over the death of 19 persons in auto crash that occurred on Sunday at Kateri axis, along Kaduna-Abuja road.
Governor El-Rufai, while sending his condolences to the families of the deceased, prayed for the repose souls of those who perished in the auto crash and wished those who sustained injuries a speedy recovery.
In a statement issued on Monday by the Kaduna State Commissioner, Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan, the governor enjoined drivers on the route to exercise caution at all times and avoid potentially dangerous driving like over speeding.
He commended the personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps for their swift response and prompt evacuation of the casualties from the scene.
“A total of fifty-three (53) people were involved in the crash; 16 of these died on the spot, with three others later confirmed dead.
“Thirty-four (34) sustained injuries which ranged from bruises and cuts to dislocations and head injuries. They were evacuated from the scene by personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps.The survivors are receiving treatment in hospital,” the statement added.
The statement also noted that officials of the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs had since visited the site of the incident to ascertain the main cause of the accident.