10 die as cement truck crashes in north Nigeria

AP News
Posted: Sep 29, 2011 1:32 PM
10 die as cement truck crashes in north Nigeria

Authorities say 10 people are dead after an out-of-control cement truck crashed into a taxi and bus stand in a northern Nigeria town.

Sector commander Chuks Osakwe of Nigeria's Federal Road Safety Corps told The Associated Press the crash happened Thursday afternoon in the town of Dukku in Gombe state. Osakwe said the brakes on the cement truck failed, sending it speeding into the stand.

Osakwe said the truck also destroyed seven vehicles and 15 motorcycles parked there.

Accidents are common on Nigeria's poorly maintained roads. Drivers often travel at high speed and overtake slower vehicles, leading to such head-on collisions and high death rates.

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Even main cities are linked by pitted, two-lane roads crammed with passenger buses, trucks laden with goods and rickety private vehicles.