No fewer than eight persons were confirmed to have lost their lives in a road accident that occurred on Thursday in Taraba State.
The lone accident, NAIJALOADED learnt, occurred along Iware / Wukari highway. It involved an 18-seater Toyota bus.
Confirming the incident, the Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Usman Abdullahi said the accident was caused by a tyre burst.
The tyre burst, according to him, the driver of the vehicle lost control and it somersaulted several times.
While seven of the passengers died on the spot, the other one, according to him, gave up the ghost while being rushed to hospital for medication.
One out of the nine passengers was also confirmed to have sustained various degrees of injuries and is presently undergoing treatment at the emergency ward of the Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo.
The vehicle was said to have left Jalingo, the State capital heading to Enugu State when the ill-fated accident occurred.
Also confirming the report, an officer of the Federal Road Safety Commission blamed the accident on over speeding.
He urged drivers to always reduce their speed limits and ensure that their vehicles were in good condition.