15 Dead, 38 Injured As Truck Plunges Into River In Ogun State

LAGOS JANUARY 28TH (NEWSRANGERS)-At least 15 passengers died while 38 others sustained serious injuries on Tuesday morning when a Mitsubishi Canter Truck plunged into Omi River along Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Highway

Mr Clement Oladele, the Ogun Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abeokuta on Tuesday.

Oladele, who said that the accident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday, added that it involved a white-coloured Mitsubishi Canter, marked XE 331 MKA, loaded with passengers travelling from Sokoto state.

The sector commander added that the suspected cause of the crash was fatigue on the part of the driver, saying that the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into the dried Omi river.

Oladele, who said that rescue operations was still ongoing, explained that  15 corpses, all male adults, had been recovered from under the river bridge.

“So far, 38 passengers in the mini truck sustained varying degrees of injuries and were taken to the State Hospital, Ijebu Ode for treatment,” he said.

The sector commander said that the corpses of the dead had been evacuated to Sabo in  Ijebu-Ode, with the Sarkin Hausawa making arrangements with the police for their mass burial.

He advised passengers to desist from boarding ”Goods-Only” vehicle which, by their configuration, were not for transporting passengers but only goods.

Oladele advised the families of the victims to contact the FRSC command in Ago-Iwoye or Ijebu-Ode for details about the crash.

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