By News desk
No fewer than 19 passengers have been confirmed dead and 38 others injured during an auto crash on Daudawa-Funtua road in Faskari Local Government, Katsina State.
It was gathered that the accident occurred on Friday morning at Daudawa, few kilometres to Funtua Local Government Area of Katsina State, involving a Mitsubishi Canter vehicle.
Confirming number of victims, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Sector Commander in the state, Godwin Ngeuku, said that the driver suddenly lost control of the vehicle while speeding, skidded off the road, somersaulted and killed some passengers instantly.
He said that the vehicle, with registration number DKA 654 ZP, was on its way to Sokoto axis with about 57 passengers when the incident occurred.
The sector commander said that FRSC rescue team immediately rushed to the scene of the accident and took the injured persons to Funtua General Hospital for medical attention and evacuated the corpses.
Ngeuku urged drivers to desist from overloading, speeding and continue to abide by the traffic rules and regulations as part of measures to avert crashes on the highways.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Funtua Local Government Area, Lawal Sani, expressed sadness at the incident.