98 dead, two injured in plateau state school bus accident
Two pupils of Our Lady of Fatima School , Kuru, near Jos in Plateau State, lost their lives in an accident involving their school bus today.
An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps at the scene of the accident told NAN that the early morning incident, which occurred around Mararaba-Jama’a road, was as a result of brake failure. “A total of 100 children and seven staff were in the bus; two children were killed instantly, while those injured have been taken to hospitals,” t he official said.
According to the official, one boy and one girl lost their lives. He added that 18 kids were taken to Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Jos, 76 to the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos, while four others were rushed to Bukuru Specialist Hospital.
Meanwhile, Governor Simon Lalong has visited some of the injured children taken to Plateau Specialist Hospital. Lalong, who visited the children on their individual beds, spoke to them in whispers, urging them to be strong. The Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr. Yakub Dati, later told NAN that the governor had promised to pay the medical bills of the survivors.