The burst rear tyre of the vehicle conveying the Ekiti State delegates to the 56th Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Medical Association in Sokoto was manufactured in 2008, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has revealed.
Findings show that the life expectancy of a tyre from the day of manufacture, especially in a country such as Nigeria is four years. In other countries with good road network it is about six years.
FRSC team leader Asst Corps Marshall Victor C. Nwokolo revealed the status of the tyre when he conducted the Minister of State for Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, round the scene of the accident.
Nwokolo attributed the cause of the accident to a sudden burst of the rear tyre that was manufactured in 2008 and the sudden application of break by the panicked driver.
He said some precautions could have saved the victims, such as usage of seat belt, non-application of brake when there is a tyre burst, 15 minutes break after every four-hour drive and not driving after a heavy meal, among others.
The minister lamented the tragic loss, saying his visit was to see what lessons could be drawn from the incident to forestall a recurrence.
Ehanire called for Emergency Management Training (EMT) for FRSC ambulance team and techniques on safe driving for all drivers.
At St. Gerald’s Catholic Hospital, Kakuri, Kaduna, where the victims were treated, the minister praised the hospital staff for caring for the victims.