The Plateau State Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps have confirmed the death of 16 persons and 83 others sustaining various injuries in an accident.
Leadership reported that the accident involved a truck converying supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party that crashed in Panyam, Mangu local government area of the State on Saturday evening.
The Route Commander, Public Enlightenment Officer, FRSC, RC Peter Longsan, made this known in statement issued to journalists in Jos, the State capital, on Sunday.
The statement read, “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.”
The injured were taken to hospitals in Panyam and Mangu towns while the corpses of the deceased have been deposited in a morgue by FRSC operatives of Pankshin Unit Command.
According to FRSC, the unfortunate incident happened as a result of excessive speed and overloading, which led to loss of control and resulted to the crash.