Deaths, injuries as commercial bus plunges in Ogun river

A Mazda E220 commercial bus with 14 occupants on Thursday plunged into the Ososa River in the Ijebu Ode area of Ogun State.

The accident happened on the Ijebu Ode-Sagamu Expressway when the driver reportedly lost control of the bus due to a mechanical fault.

The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ogun State, Clement Oladele, who confirmed the accident, said it occurred around 10.32am.

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Oladele said, “The lone crash involved a yellow Mazda E220 commercial bus. The bus took off from the Ijebu Ode Motor Park and was going to Lagos, but the driver lost control and the bus plunged into the Ososa River in Ijebu Ode. The suspected cause of the crash is mechanical fault.

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“A total of 14 people comprising five male adults and nine female adults were involved in the crash. Eleven of them were injured and a total of three people died in the crash.

“The injured victims were rescued and taken to the Ijebu Ode General Hospital, and the corpses of the dead victims were deposited in the Ijebu Ode General Hospital mortuary.”

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Three persons died, while 11 others were injured.

The sector commander, who commiserated with the families of the victims, advised motorists to put their vehicles in good condition before embarking on any trip and be cautious during the rainy season to avoid road traffic crashes.