The police, in a report, has absolved the Dangote Transport Company of any fault in a fatal accident involving one of its Howo trucks, which collided with an 18-seater Toyota bus belonging to the Gombe State Transport Company, at Gazok village, Farin-Lamba, Vwang District of Jos South Local Government Area, Plateau State, last Friday, August 3.
As a result of the accident, eight persons lost their lives while ten others sustained various forms of injuries. According to the police findings, "the primary cause of the accident was due to mechanical fault, which could be as a result of poor maintenance attitude from the driver of the Toyota bus."
The outcome was contained in a two-page investigation report sent by the police Divisional Vom Division, Jos to the Head of Operations, Dangote Cement Transport Company, Gboko Plant, Benue State, which was signed by the Divisional Police Officer, Kaduna-Vom Division, CSP Abubakar A. Omade.
According to the report, "From investigation carried out, the following facts emerge: That the two motor vehicles were travelling in opposite direction; that at Gazok village, the right back tyre of the Toyota bus burst, forcing the driver to lose control, veered to the opposite lane and had collision with the Howo truck. That after the collision with the Toyota bus, the Howo truck went and crushed a Boxer Baja motorcycle parked by the road side.
"That as a result of the unfortunate mishap, eight persons lost their lives and 10 others sustained various degrees of injuries. That on the request of the deceased relations and considering the bad condition of the bodies, they were all released to their various relations for burial.