20 November 2012

Nigeria: 23 Killed in Zamfara Crash

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Multiple motor accident (File Photo).

Gusau — Two separate accidents involving two buses and a car along Sokoto-Gusau road yesterday killed 23 people and left many others with various degrees of injuries.

One of the crashes occurred when a bus veered off the road and collided with an oncoming Golf car, killing 17 people on the spot.

Six other people died when another bus skidded off the road and crashed into the bush, sector commandant of the Federal Road Safety Commission Ibrahim Sarki has said.

Sarki said the victims were taken to a hospital in Talata Mafara while the relations of the other victims evacuated them to Sokoto.

Zamfara State Governor Abdul-Aziz Yari Abubakar, who was at the scene of the accidents, summoned the officials of FRSC to the Government House in Gusau to discuss the cause of the accident and how to prevent a recurrence.

Road users have been expressing worries over the frequent deadly auto crashes mostly attributed to the recklessness of drivers.

"Sokoto-Gusau covers about 205 km but you will see these reckless commercial drivers wanting to cover this journey within an hour, and Golf drivers are specially known for that," said Kabir Abdullahi, a commercial motorist.

He called the authorities to set up a special task force to fish out reckless motorists so as to protect lives of the people.

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