23 killed in Nigeria road accident

Abuja, Sep 10 (IANS) At least 23 people have been killed in a road accident in Nigeria's Katsina state, an official said Tuesday.

The accident took place when a bus carrying 24 passengers rammed into a bridge at Yar'randa village in the Charanchi area few minutes after its collapse Monday night, Xinhua reported citing Deputy Commissioner of Police Bala Senchi.

Witnesses said the bridge collapsed due to heavy downpour.

"Some 10 bodies have been recovered and deposited at the mortuary of General Hospital Kankia, while the search for 12 others is ongoing," Senchi said, adding that two survivors have been identified.

Government officials including a representative of Nigeria's minister of works visited the accident site Tuesday to take stock of the situation.


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