The Police in Jigawa has said the 21 persons who lost their lives in the state died after a bridge collapsed in Gwaram Local Government Area.

Spokesman of the Command, ASP Lawan Shiisu Adam disclosed this to newsmen.

He explained that the incident happened on Sunday at about 6:00 am, when a Hummer bus with registration number FYK 406 ZA carrying 18 passengers from Kano to Adamawa and an unregistered lorry conveying three passengers fell into a collapsed bridge covered by floodwater.

Adam said all victims were evacuated to Basirka hospital and were confirmed dead by a medical doctor.

He, however, said only one person identified as Simon Chinapi survived the accident with a leg fracture.

An eyewitness who is also the Chairman State Civil Society forum, Musbahu Basirka, said the bridge collapsed following a heavy downpour that flooded and covered the area.

He said all the 21 passengers died on the spot.

They include 11 disqualified military recruitment applicants and nine other passengers.

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