Police say 35 killed in Yola truck crash

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Police say 35 people are dead after a truck lost control on a Nigerian highway, AP reports.

Adamawa state police spokesman Othman Abubakar says another 28 people were injured in Sunday’s crash between Yola and Ngurore.

Abubakar says the speeding truck had been loaded with cattle and merchants.

Witness Abdu Ngurore says 15 cattle died in the crash.

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The state chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, Bello Adamu Ngurore, says the trailer had been coming from the town of Song in eastern Nigeria.

Yola is the capital city and administrative center of Adamawa State, Nigeria.

Located on the Benue River, it has a population of 336,648 (2010). Yola is split into two parts.

The old town of Yola where the Lamido resides is the traditional city but the new city of Jimeta (about 5 km NW) is the administrative and commercial centre.

Generally the term Yola is now used to mean both.

To the north are the Mandara Mountains and the south are the Shebshi Mountains with Dimlang (Vogel) Peak the second highest point (2,042 m) in Nigeria after Chappal Waddi (mountain of death).

Yola is an access point to the Gashaka Gumpti Nature Reserve, which is the largest national park in Nigeria, the Ngel Nyaki montane forest reserve, the Mambilla Plateau, The Sukur UNESCO World heritage site, which is Africa’s first cultural landscape to receive World Heritage List inscription.

Yola is also home to The Yadin Waterfalls, The Kiri Dam on the Gongola River, The Benue national park in nearby Cameroon, The Waza National Park, and Cameroonian town of Garoua, which lies across the Border, on the Benue river.