16 PDP supporters dead, 83 injured on way from campaign

CITIZENS COMPASS–  No fewer than 16 supporters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), were confirmed dead while

83 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in an accident involving a truck  in Panyam, Mangu local government area of Plateau State on Saturday, January 14, 2023.
The Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Plateau State Command, confirmed the incident to newsmen on Sunday.

A statement signed by the Route Commander, Public Enlightenment Officer, FRSC, Peter Longsan, in Jos, the State capital on Sunday, reads: “A fatal road traffic crash occurred on 14 January, 2023 along Pankshin – Jos Road Plateau State at about 5:00pm.

It was a lone crash involving a truck conveying PDP supporters from campaign rally in Plateau Central Zone of the state.

“The number of people involved was 99, 16 people adult male lost their lives while 83 people sustained various degree of injuries.”

According to the statement, those injured were taken to hospitals in Panyam and Mangu towns by FRSC operatives of Pankshin Unit Command.

It added that the bodies have been deposited in a morgue.

FRSC said the unfortunate crash happened as a result of excessive speed and overloading, which led to loss of control and resulted to the crash.

The Corps advised people to use vehicles strictly for the purpose the manufacturer made them while motorists should maintain safe speed in order to avoid the risk of involving in road traffic crashes

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