Seven killed in road accident in central Nigeria

Seven people were killed and one more injured in a road accident along a busy highway in Benue state, central Nigeria, the road safety body confirmed on Sunday.

Joyce Akura, a spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Benue, said the accident on late Saturday involved two vehicles, a truck and a Toyota car, with 12 passengers along the Ugbema-Adikpo.

She told Xinhua on the phone that seven passengers were confirmed dead, one was injured and was receiving treatment while the remaining four were unhurt.

All the corpses and the injured have been taken to a local hospital, she said.

The official called on drivers to be cautious, adding that speeding and careless overtaking was the cause of major accidents on the road.

Road accidents continue to occur in Nigeria despite stringent traffic rules which were introduced by the government to help curb the road carnage.

Deadly road accidents are frequently reported in Nigeria, often caused by overloading, bad condition of roads and reckless driving.