Two separate motor accidents in Bauchi State have claimed the lives of 10 people.
It was learnt that the first accident occurred near VIO office along Bauchi -Jos road.
Eyewitness said that the accident involved a Honda Accord car with registration number GME-762-HP driven by a soldier attached to 301 Brigade Gombe, Capt I. D Ekpo, whose tyre burst, forcing him to lose control and hit a maroon colour Boxer motorcycle with Reg No FNN355Q-An.
Confirming the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Bauchi State Command, SP Haruna Mohammed, said that a motorcyclist, Muddafa Kabiru, of Nasarawa Jahun, Bauchi and his female passenger, Hanifa Abdulaziz, of Yelwan Makaranta quarters, Bauchi, sustained various degrees of injuries.
He said that victims were evacuated by the police patrol team attached to GRA division to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, for treatment where the commercial motorcyclist was certified dead by a medical doctor while his 20-year-old passenger, Hanifa Abdulaziz, sustained fracture on her leg.
The corpse of the motorcycle was released to relatives for burial according to Islamic rites after postmortem examination.
In a related development, nine people were killed in another fatal accident on the same day, involving a commercial bus with registration number FKA -328 XA conveying 22 passengers.
The incident, according to the police spokesman, occured along Azare- Bulkachuwa road, Bauchi, when the driver, Garba Mohammed, of Ndiski ward, Potiskum, was speeding and the rear tyre burst forcing the vehicle to somersault and crashed inside the bush.
According to him, "As a result, victims sustained various degrees of injuries. Police Patrol Team attached to Azare Division visited the scene and rushed casualties to Federal Medical Centre, Azare, for treatment where nine passengers, including the driver were certified dead on arrival, as 13 others are responding to treatment.
"The corpses have been deposited at the public mortuary for postmortem examination while efforts are being intensified to identify and get in touch with relatives of the victims,” Haruna said.