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Six People Die As Driver Using Phone Causes Accident

No fewer than 11 persons were "cleared" following the violation of a traffic rule by a driver, which led to a crash on Gusau-Zaria Road, in the Tazame area of Zamfara State.

While 6 persons were killed, 5 others, including two children, sustained serious injuries.

The collision involved a Honda car and a Gulf car.

It was learnt that the driver of the Honda was coming from Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, while the other vehicle was heading towards Gusau at about 10.30am on Monday.

The Honda driver, who was said to have been engrossed in a conversation on the telephone, lost control of the car and swerved off his lane onto another lane, resulting in a head-on collision with the Gulf.

It was gathered that the two drivers and three other occupants of the two cars died on the spot.

Men of the Federal Road Safety Corps were said to have arrived at the scene a few minutes later and rescued six persons to the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, for treatment.

One of them later gave up the ghost in the hospital.

An eyewitness, who gave his name only as Usman, told Punch that apart from engaging in a phone conversation, the Honda driver was speeding.

He said, “I was in my car returning to Zamfara from Kaduna State when the accident happened. The two vehicles were mangled and I counted five persons lying lifeless on the road.

“Before the FRSC officials arrived at the scene, one of the injured occupants of the Honda told me and some other motorists, who stopped by to assist them, that their driver had been on the phone for a few minutes.

“He said he warned the driver to park or end the call, but he refused until he suddenly lost control of the car, which rammed into the oncoming Gulf. Speeding compounded the effect of the accident.”

Usman said the two children, who sustained bruises in the hands and legs, were between the ages of four and eight.

“The bodies of the deceased victims and the injured were taken away by the FRSC officials. Two of the six injured were in a critical condition,” he added.

FRSC Sector Commander in Zamfara, Amos Thliza, said the deceased are 3 males, 3 females.

He added that, “People should always obey traffic rules and regulations. Avoid speeding, the use of phones while driving, and overloading of vehicles. These are the things we are urging motorists to desist from."