18 killed in Nigerian road crash

Eighteen people were killed and nine others seriously injured Wednesday when their bus veered off its lane and collided with another bus along a highway linking the capital Abuja to the central city of Lokoja, officials said.

The bus "driver suddenly left his lane and ran into the other lane apparently due to fatigue, resulting to a collision with the luxury bus", a statement from the Federal Road Safety Commission said.

Nigeria, Africa's most populous nation, has one of the worst road accident records in Africa, with poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving conspiring to kill thousands every year.