Two dead, scores injured as school bus crashes in Plateau State

Two pupils of Our Lady of Fatima School, Kuru, near Jos in Plateau, lost their lives in an accident involving their school bus on Monday.

An official of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) at the site of the incident, said that the early morning accident, which occurred around Mararaba-Jama’a road, was as a result of brake failure.

“A total of 100 children and seven staff were in the bus; two children were killed instantly, while those injured have been taken to hospitals,” the official said, pleading anonymity.

According to the official, one boy and one girl lost their lives.

He added that 18 kids were taken to Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, Jos, 76 to the Plateau Specialist Hospital, Jos while four others were rushed to Bukuru Specialist Hospital.

Meanwhile, Gov. Simon Lalong has visited some of the injured children taken to Plateau Specialist Hospital.

Lalong, who visited the children on their individual beds, spoke to them in whispers, urging them to be strong.

Mr Yakub Dati, the Commissioner for Information and Communication, later said that the governor had promised to pay the medical bills of those involved in the accident.

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