10 die in northern Nigeria truck crash

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Posted: Oct 07, 2011 6:29 AM
10 die in northern Nigeria truck crash

A medical official says 10 people have died in a truck crash, the third reported incident of its kind in the last week in Nigeria's north.

Dr. Yusuf Makama said Friday that a truck collided with a 16-seat minibus Thursday evening along a highway in Jigawa state and injured four others.

Eyewitness Ahmed Mudi Shantake says a jaywalker caused the accident.

Authorities say 30 people have died in two recent truck crashes in the country's north.

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

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