Nigeria: more than 50 travellers burnt to death in road accident

Nigeria: more than 50 travellers burnt to death in road accident

At least 54 people, including women and children, died and several others were wounded in two separate road accidents in Nigeria on Tuesday, authorities said.

In one of the crashes, at least 37 people died after two buses collided head-on and burst into flames on a highway between the north-eastern cities of Maiduguri and Damaturu, reports said.

Some travellers were burnt beyond recognition inside the buses, according to an official of Nigeria’s Federal Road Safety Commission in the region.

The other accident on the outskirts of the capital, Abuja, killed 17 people when a passenger bus had a head-on-collision with a truck.

The authorities say both accidents were caused by speeding.

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