18-seater bus plunges into river

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

An 18-seater com­mer­cial bus late Wed­nes­day plunged into the Arun River in Ijebu East LGA of Ogun State with all the pas­sen­gers and the driver feared dead.

The body of one of the vic­tims was brought out of the murky wa­ters yesterday. Of­fi­cials of the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA), Fed­eral Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the po­lice were search­ing for vic­tims in the river yesterday.

De­tails of the ac­ci­dent were sketchy at press time but a source said the ve­hi­cle veered off the road and plunged into the river.

The source said the ve­hi­cle took off from Ijebu Ode. He added that emer­gency work­ers did not re­ceive in­for­ma­tion on the ac­ci­dent un­til about 2.00pm yesterday.

NEMA South-west spokesman, Ibrahim Farin­loye, said ef­forts were on to res­cue those trapped while only one vic­tim had been brought out yesterday.

Photo Bene­dict Uwalaka

The driver of a com­mer­cial bus calls for help af­ter knock­ing down a bar­row pusher at Ladipo Bus stop in La­gos yesterday.

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