20 killed In Motor Accidents

At least 20 persons have been confirmed dead, while 33 others sustained serious  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 the  News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday that the first accident occurred at  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 with  42 people on top of the goods, was from Sokoto State.

Abdussamad said the driver was allegedly over-speeding when the truck had a tyre  burst, skidded off the road, somersaulted and killed seven passengers instantly,  while two other victims died later in the hospital.

He said 25 victims who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Kaura-Namoda  General Hospital for medical attention.

Abdussamad said the other accident occurred at Kwanar-Boko town, 20 kilometres from  Kaura-Namoda, on the Kaura-Shinkafi Road.

He explained that a Peugeot 505 salon car registered AA746SKF, had a head-on  collision with a Carina II vehicle, in which the passengers were burnt beyond  recognition.

Abdussamad said 11 victims in the two vehicles, mostly children and women, died,  while eight others escaped with various degrees of injury.

He said some of the victims were taken to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, while  others were admitted at the General Hospital, Kaura-Namoda for treatment.

Abdussamad noted with regret that in spite of the enlightenment campaigns on road  safety and enforcement of traffic rules by the FRSC officers on the road, accidents  still occurred on the highways.

He advised road users to always obey traffic regulations to reduce fatalities caused  by road accidents in the country.

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