18 killed, 27 injured in central Nigeria road crash

ABUJA, Dec. 11 (Xinhua) -- At least 18 people were killed and 27 others sustained injuries in a road crash in central Nigeria on Sunday, the traffic police said Monday.

The incident occurred at the Audu Jangon village along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway in the central part of the country as a truck loaded with goods and humans lost control and ran into a ditch, Bisi Kazeem, the national spokesperson for the traffic police, said in a statement.

Kazeem said "speeding and overloading" caused the incident, citing a preliminary investigation by the police.

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

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