It was gathered that the accident occurred when a Toyota Hiace bus had a head on collision with an Iveco truck, which was coming from the opposite direction at about 8.45pm on Friday.
This was contained in a release by the Police Public Relations Officer, Bauchi State Command, DSP Haruna Mohammed, on Sunday in Bauchi.
According to him, “On the 29/05/2015 at about 20.45hrs (8.45pm), there was a head on collusion at Busuri village along Bulkachuwa-Dambam Road, Bauchi, involving a blue Toyota model F Hiace bus with registration number AQ 79 AKR (Ondo) driven by one Sule Abubakar, male, (28), of Bulkachuwa town, in Bauchi State and a white Iveco truck with registration number XBOX 907 GWL (Kano).
“The accident occurred when the vehicles, coming from opposite directions, suddenly collided.
Mohammed informed that the police patrol team attached to Azare Division of the command rushed to the scene of the accident and evacuated the victims to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare for medical attention.
The PPRO stated that it was at the hospital that 13 persons, including the driver of the Toyota bus were certified dead by a medical doctor, adding that the remains of the deceased were deposited at the mortuary of the hospital for post-mortem examination, while injured were receiving treatment.
He said the identities of some of the victims so far identified are: Sule Abubakar male, (28) of Bulkachuwa; Buba Shuaibu (30) of Doleri village; Ibrahim Mohammed (25) of Busuri; Yusuf Busuri (17) of Busuri and Sadik Bello (20) of Busuri.
Others, according to the police spokesman, are Yahai Suleiman (30) of Busuri; Hudu Isah (30) of Kafinta; Haruna Yusuf (15) of Busuri; Sale Wasiri (50) of Busuri and Yahai Manini (40) of Busuri.
He, however, stated that two other corpses had yet to be identified, adding that effort was on to locate their families.
The PPRO, therefore, called on members of the public whose relatives travelled on the two vehicles to check at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare for identification.