The Kaduna state government said 12 people died and 25 were injured on the Kaduna-Abuja road after the fatal accident.
Interior and Interior Ministry Commissioner Samuel Aruwan confirmed developments on Wednesday.
The commissioner attributed the accident to speeding, damage to the road and disrespect of the driver’s traffic rules.
Aruwan said a crane was set up to pull out two dead bodies mutilated and trapped under the wreckage of the trailer.
The statement reads, “Twelve (12) people were killed in the crash, with 25 injured, who are now being treated at the hospital. Several cattle were also killed in the crash.
“The Commissioner for Homeland Security and Home Affairs, Kaduna State, today led extensive patrols on the Kaduna-Abuja highway to enforce a traffic ban in the direction of traffic.
“The crash site has been cleared and security agencies have ensured normal traffic flow along the route.”
He said that the governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai, expressed his grief over the fatal accident, adding that he also sympathized with the families of the deceased.
The commissioner further quoted the governor as ordering citizens moving on the highway to give up dangerous and potentially destructive practices such as speeding, overloading, reckless driving and driving against the flow of traffic, which was banned by the Kaduna state government seven days ago.