Twelve passengers on Monday lost their lives while six others sustained various degrees of injuries in a motor accident along the Kaduna-Abuja road.
One of the victims, who is receiving treatment at an undisclosed hospital in Kaduna, told DAILY POST on Monday evening that the front tire of the bus burst as the brake failed.
Confirming the incident on Monday, Samuel Aruwan, Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, said the incident occurred at the Nasarawa Doka side of the road in Kachia LGA.
According to the statement, the crash involved a lone Toyota Hiace bus conveying 18 passengers from Zaria to Abuja.
He said the cause of the crash has been identified as a brake failure following a tyre explosion.
Aruwan said that Governor Nasir El-Rufai sent condolences to the families of the perished victims, as he offered prayers for the repose of their souls. He wished the injured persons a quick recovery.