29 die as speeding Nigeria buses crash, catch on fire
AFPABUJA, Nigeria -- Two speeding buses on Friday collided head-on and burst into flames killing at least 29 people and injuring 16 others in northern Nigeria's Yobe state, police and an official said.
September 2, 2012, 12:05 am TWN
The crash was the latest tragedy to befall travelers on Nigeria's perilous roads, plagued with accidents due to a combination of reckless driving, overloading and poor maintenance.
“Two Toyota Hiace Buses ... travelling in opposite directions had a head-on collision and thereafter went off in flames. Twenty-nine persons — eleven of them burnt beyond recognition — have so far been confirmed dead,” national police spokesman Frank Mba said in a statement.