No far fewer than 27 individuals were confirmed dead, while 18 others received different levels of injuries after a collision of an articulated vehicle.
The crash, which took place along Ruwa Wuri-Tangaza road, Monday, also took the lives of a number of cows and sheep.
Eyewitnesses said the driver of the trailer, with number plate Sokoto XA 443 SAA, which was going to Warri, in Delta State from Mano town, presumably lost control and plunged in to a river close to Masallaci town in Tangaza Local Government.
Vanguard gathered that the victims, who had been buried in Bagida village, were from Bagida, Sabiyo, Tinnigere, Ruwa Wuri and Tsoni villages, all in the local government.
Verifying the accident, Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Sokoto, Dr. Umaru Aliyu, said: “Our findings revealed that the accident occurred due to over-loading and over-speeding,” adding that the trailer was conveying both cows and humans.
He said: “27 individuals perished, while 15 were injured. Those injured are receiving treatment at Usman Danfodiyo University Teaching Hospital, UDUTH, Sokoto, while the driver of the trailer and his motor boy fled.”