At least 37 people were killed Tuesday in Nigeria when two buses and a light vehicle collided, which set the three vehicles on fire, the country’s road authorities said.
“So far, we have confirmed eight wounded and 37 dead, most of them burned,” said the commander of the Federal Security Corps of Nigeria (FRSC) for Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states, Rotimi Adeleye, quoted by the media.
The accident occurred on the road connecting the towns of Maiduguri and Damaturu, near the town of Jakana in Borno state.
Adeleye said the two buses were traveling in “opposite directions” when a tire on one of the vehicles burst, causing the head-on collision.
Road accidents are common on Nigerian roads. In February at least 17 people were killed in Nigeria when a bus collided with a tanker truck.