Six people were killed and 54 others injured in a road accident involving mainly traders in Nigeria’s northeastern state of Bauchi, said an official on Thursday.
The accident on Wednesday occurred as a result of dangerous overtaking, said Yusuf Abdullahi, state commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Abdullahi told Xinhua that the driver of a Mercedes-Benz truck conveying 72 male traders from Darazo town in Bauchi to a local market in the neighboring northern state of Gombe had veered off the road while on top speed, throwing some of the passengers away after it lost control.
According to the official, some of the traders hung on the truck during the journey.
Six people died on the spot, he said, adding 54 others sustained serious injuries. Other passengers were either unhurt or quickly rescued.
“It took us hours to carry out the rescue operation,” Abdullahi said.
A police investigation has been launched into the incident, to ascertain the real cause of the accident, he added.
Deadly road accidents, often caused by overloading, bad road conditions, and reckless driving, are frequently reported in Nigeria.