Suswam, deputy escape death in auto crash (PHOTOS)

Less than 24 hours to his 50th birthday celebration, the con­voy of Benue State governor, Dr. Gabriel Sus­wam and his deputy, Chief Steven Lawani was yes­terday involved in an auto crash on Makurdi-Gboko Road.

The incident,which hap­pened at exactly 11:20am yesterday at Angbaaye, outskirt of Makurdi, Benue State, left at least seven per­sons badly injured although there was no immediate loss of life in the accident.

Suswam was on his way to Wannue in Tarka local gov­ernment to flag off the con­struction of a- 36km road, while his deputy was to stop over on the way to also flag off the 2014 tree planting season before the incident occurred.

Saturday Sun gathered that the accident occurred while a driver of a station wagon car, conveying passengers to Makurdi on top speed want­ed to overtake other vehicles ahead of him, but realising that it was too late to apply his brakes rammed into the governor’s convoy in the op­posite direction.

The crash left the gover­nor’s SUV badly damaged, while its back-up skidded off the road into the bush, but the occupants escaped unhurt.

Suswam thereafter alight­ed and directed two of his pilot vehicles led by one Spe­cial Assistant, Terkaa Ma­woo to immediately evacu­ate the injured to the Benue State University Teaching Hospital, Makurdi for medi­cal attention.

Governor Suswam’s 50th birthday is expected to be celebrated in grand style today with the President, Goodluck Jonathan expected in the state to grace the occa­sion as well as commissions some projects.

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