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Saturday, 20 November, 1999, 18:08 GMT
Nigerian bus crash kills 22


Twenty-two people were burnt to death when two commuter buses travelling in opposite directions collided on a highway in Nigeria, according to a government official.

The accident took place when one of the buses tried to overtake a stationary truck and collided with the oncoming vehicle, according to the Federal Road Safety Commission Commander Umar Bello Aginji.

The buses caught fire on impact, hampering rescue efforts and burning the victims beyond recognition.

Six of the bodies were recovered and brought to the mortuary at the local hospital. An infant was among the dead.

Another sixteen people were seriously injured.

The accident took place at dawn on Friday near the town of Ilorin.

Mr Aginji attributed the cause to both the narrowness of the road and the hazy weather conditions at the time, according to Nigeria's Guardian newspaper.

He urged motorists to reduce their speed and for broken-down vehicles to put up visible road danger signs.

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