5th January, 2012
Eight footballers who were based in Bauchi State in Northern Nigeria died instantly in a accident that occurred on Tuesday along Zubo-Azare road in Katagun Local Government area of the state.
The bus in which the footballers were travelling collided with a Honda car and the four persons comprising the man, his wife and two children in the car also died on the spot.
Several other travellers were injured in the auto crash and were rushed to the hospital for treatment.
Eyewitnesses account said the bus footballers were travelling in collided with a Honda car and the two vehicles went up in flames and the victims who were burnt beyond recognition have already been given mass burial.
The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC in Bauchi has confirmed the accident and the deaths.
The FRSC Sector Commander, Mr. Mamman Zakariya told newsmen in Bauchi on Wednesday that the accident involved a Toyota bus with registration number AE 108 FTA and a Honda car marked AE 499 DKU.
Zakariya blamed the accident on reckless driving. He urged motorists to always obey traffic rules.
NAN reports that while the deceased were given mass burial, the injured were taken to Federal Medical Centre, FMC, Azare.
â€”Ben Adaji/ Jalingo