Passenger bus plunges into river in Ijebu Ode

An inter-state commercial bus, fully loaded with passengers has plunged into the Ososa river on the Sagamu – Ijebu Ode – Benin expressway in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State reports.

According to the report, the incident occurred around 4:30pm and rescue efforts are still on, according to Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Ogun.

The Sector Commander, this blog learnt confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Wednesday. According to him the driver of the bus had attempted to overtake another vehicle on the bridge, but lost control and plunged into the river.

The report also stated that the FRSC rescue team including professional divers were still working hard to recover the passengers in spite of the rising water level.

“The bus was travelling from the Sagamu end of the expressway, heading towards the Ijebu Ode section of the expressway in Ogun,” he said.

The FRSC boss advised motorists to drive cautiously especially around bridges, considering that the expressway is currently undergoing rehabilitation.

He assured that the rescue operation would not be called off till the vehicle and the occupants were all evacuated from the river.

The sector commander urged the construction company to fix the safety railings around the bridge and other bridges on Sagamu- Ijebu Ode – Benin expressway.

NAN we gathered, had earlier reported of a similar accident that occurred on Saturday involving a staff of Tai Solarin College of Education, Omu Ijebu who died when his vehicle plunged into the same river.


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