Nigeria truck crash kills 30

2010-03-10 14:21

Lagos - A truck carrying bags of cement killed between 30 and 50 people when the driver lost control and drove into a crowded market in central Nigeria's Kogi State, police said Wednesday.

"The accident happened yesterday (Tuesday) in Lokoja. Between 30 and 50 people lost their lives when the driver rammed into the crowded Felele market," state police spokesperson Abubakar Mohammed said.

He said many injured were receiving treatment in hospital.

Many trucks carrying bags of cement ply the busy Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road and accidents are rampant.

Local media said between 50 and 75 people, mostly traders, were killed in Tuesday's accident, only the latest in recent months.

Last December, at least 55 people were killed when the driver of a cement-carrying truck lost control and drove into a procession.

Accidents on Nigeria's poorly-maintained inter-city roads are common.