At least 20 persons have been confirmed dead, while 33 others sustained seriousÂ injuries in two motor accidents in Zamfara on Sunday.
The accidents occurred in Kaura-Namoda Local Government Area of the state.
The FRSC Assistant Corps Commander, Kaura-Namoda Unit, Mr. Sani Abdussamad, told theÂ News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the first accident occurred atÂ Sabongari, five kilometres from Kaura-Namoda, on the Kaura-Namoda-Gusau Road.
He said the vehicle, registered XL494ABC, carrying more than 100 bags of potato withÂ 42 people on top of the goods, was from Sokoto State.
Abdussamad said the driver was allegedly over-speeding when the truck had a tyreÂ burst, skidded off the road, somersaulted and killed seven passengers instantly,Â while two other victims died later in the hospital.
He said 25 victims who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Kaura-NamodaÂ General Hospital for medical attention.
Abdussamad said the other accident occurred at Kwanar-Boko town, 20 kilometres fromÂ Kaura-Namoda, on the Kaura-Shinkafi Road.
He explained that a Peugeot 505 salon car registered AA746SKF, had a head-onÂ collision with a Carina II vehicle, in which the passengers were burnt beyondÂ recognition.
Abdussamad said 11 victims in the two vehicles, mostly children and women, died,Â while eight others escaped with various degrees of injury.
He said some of the victims were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, whileÂ others were admitted at the General Hospital, Kaura-Namoda for treatment.
Abdussamad noted with regret that in spite of the enlightenment campaigns on roadÂ safety and enforcement of traffic rules by the FRSC officers on the road, accidentsÂ still occurred on the highways.
He advised road users to always obey traffic regulations to reduce fatalities causedÂ by road accidents in the country.