Lorry kills 11 in Nasarawa.

A lorry driver hit a group of
people gathered by the
roadside killing 11 of them
instantly. A witness said the
driver lost control of his vehicle
while driving on the wrong
side of the road.
The accident occurred on
Thursday evening in Gora
Village of Karu Local
Government Area of Nasarawa
State. The village is located
along the Abuja-Keffi
Expressway.
A witness, Bashir Isa, informed
PREMIUM TIMES that the driver
was transporting sand and
heading towards Keffi Town
but had to make a swift U-turn
after learning that armed
robbers had barricaded the
road ahead of him.
“He turned back and was
driving against traffic, the area
was on a slope and it
appeared the Tipper’s break
failed and he lost control and
rammed into the large
gathering of people by the
roadside,” the witness said.
He said residents of the village
often gather by the roadside in
the evenings, with some selling
their wares and many more
chatting in separate groups.
“We have seen a lot of
accidents in this village, but
that of Thursday is very
unfortunate. Most of the
victims remains were not
gathered in their complete
form as they lost various limbs
after the lorry crushed them,”
he said.
Mr. Isa said Muslim victims of
the accident were buried on
Friday morning, while families
of the Christian victims have taken the
corpses of their relatives for funeral
service and internment possibly on
Sunday.
He also said he could not confirm the
whereabouts of the driver. He said the
lorry is still at the scene of the accident.
Mr. Isa also recalled that a similar accident
occurred in Gora Village last year in which
8 women were killed.
“They boarded a pick up vehicle and were
on their way to a nearby village for a
wedding ceremony when an oncoming
vehicle travelling speedily rammed into
their vehicle killing 8 of them instantly,” he
said.

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