Twenty-two people were killed in the north Nigeriawhen a bus drove away the gathered residents of a village and then burst into flames, as reported by the local police.

The bus, carrying 21 people, veered off the road when one of its tires burst and ended up crashing into Udubo villagers who had taken shelter under a tree to protect themselves from the scorching sun.

Police spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Wakil said the vehicle caught fire, charring all 21 occupants. Four villagers and a policeman were injured. But the policeman succumbed to his injuries a little later.

Fatal road accidents are a common occurrence in Nigeria, mainly due to poorly maintained roads, speeding drivers and the fact that the road traffic code is not followed. More than 32,000 people were killed in about 65,000 crashes in the 2016-21 five-year period, according to the Federal Highway Traffic Safety Administration.