By John Shiklam with agency reports
A ghastly motor accident along Zaria- Kano expressway has claimed 10 lives with 31 others injured.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the accident occurred around Nuhu Bamalli Polytechnic, Zaria, Kaduna State on Saturday at about 5:30 a.m.
NAN said a statement issued by the Head of Public Enlightenment, Zaria Unit Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (INEC), Idris Yahaya, confirmed the tragedy.
Yahaya said in the statement that the Unit Commander, Zaria Unit Command, Assistant Corps Commander Muktar Zubairu described the accident as pathetic.
â€œThe accident involved three vehicles, a luxury bus; marked GDD 361 YE, a car; marked SGR 57 XA and an articulated vehicle; marked LND 246 XE.
â€œThere were 48 persons in the three vehicles; nine people got burnt to death, while one other woman died in the hospital, 31 persons were injured while seven persons survived the accident.
â€œThe driver of the luxury bus is receiving treatment at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Shika, Zaria,â€™â€™ Yahaya said.
The unit commander said that the injured persons were also receiving treatment at the hospital, while the bodies of the dead had been deposited at the mortuary of the same hospital.
Zubairu called on drivers travelling long distance to exhibit the habit of stretching their legs by stopping and walking around for a while after four hours of journey.
â€œWhen a driver covers a distance of three to four hours, he should stop, relax and stretch his legs to clear the fatigue and carry on with the journey later.
â€œDrivers should also drive with care, especially in this rainy season; they should ensure that their tyres are good enough for a long journey; and driving with smooth and fairly-used tyres is very dangerous,â€™â€™ he said.