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Road Accident Claims 27 in Sokoto

19 Dec 2012

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Road Accident

By Mohammed Aminu
About 27 people were feared killed, while 15 others sustained varying degrees of injuries in a ghastly accident involving a trailer at Ruwawuri village in Tangaza local government area of the state.


Similarly, several cows and sheep were reportedly killed in the incident.


THISDAY checks Tuesaday, revealed that the incident occurred around 7.00 pm on Monday,  when the driver of a trailer,  who was on his way to Warri in Delta State, lost control of the vehicle and fell into a ditch.


THISDAY learnt that the trailer was completely damaged as it fell into a ditch at Ruwawuri village.
It was also gathered that some of the occupants of the vehicle were traders from Tangaza local government area heading to Warri to sell their animals.


Confirming the incident to THISDAY in Sokoto, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Dr. Aliyu Gumi, said about 27 persons died on the spot, while 15 were injured.


He disclosed that the accident occurred as a result of over speeding on the part of the driver of the trailer.
“As you are aware, the driver of the trailer who was on high speed, lost control of the vehicle and it fell into a ditch, leading to the loss of lives of the traders,” he stated.


Gumi said the injured persons were currently receiving treatment at the Usmanu Danfodio University Teaching Hospital, Sokoto. 
He added that the deceased had since been buried in accordance with Islamic rites.


The Sector Commander, therefore, called on motorists in the state to refrain from over speeding during the yuletide to avoid accident.


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