By Daud Olatunji
ABEOKUTA—two persons reportedly lost their lives as an 18-seater commercial bus plunged into Omo River, around J4 at Ogbere, Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State.
A source at the scene of the crash stated that the Okitipupa-bound passenger bus had taken off from Idumota on Lagos Island where it was loaded with goods.
Though the cause of the crash remains unknown at the time of filing this report, it was, however, gathered that it took the combined efforts of personnel of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, policemen in the state and National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, for the vehicle to be removed from the river.
The state commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Adetunji Adegoke, and the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Muyiwa Adejobi, in separate interviews, confirmed the incident.
Both of them said the bus was a Toyota Hiace hummer bus with number plate, ONDO AKR 747XA, disclosing that it was carrying only five passengers with goods.
The bus, according to Adegoke and Adejobi, was heading to Ondo town when the accident occured.
Adegoke, however, said the bus and the two passengers who died had been recovered.
According to the FRSC sector commander, the passengers comprised three males and two females. He said while the two who died had been recovered, three others were yet to be found.
According to the PPRO, the command mobilised all its men such as Divisional Police Officer, Area Commander and had employed the services of local divers and the command’s Marines.
Adejobi said the owner of the bus had been contacted and given information about the number of the passengers on board.
Meanwhile,four separate accidents also claimed two lives, while several others sustained injuries.
The accidents reportedly occurred along Abeokuta – Siun- Sagamu as well as Benin-Ore Expressways.
The four other accidents occurred at Onipepeiye village, along the Abeokuta-Siun- Sagamu Expressway when a Toyota Hilux police pilot van with number plate, LAGOS BP 542 KSF, escorting a Bullion van belonging to one of the old generation banks, crashed around 1:15p.m, leaving the driver and six police officers critically injured.
Other crashes involved a Maazda car with number plate OGUN WDE 773 AAA, which crashed around 12; 29pm at Orile Imo village, while a Toyota Camry car with number plate, LAGOS KJA 96 BG, also crashed around the same Onipepeiye village around 12: 50pm.
The Public Relations Officer of the state Traffic Compliance and Enforcement, TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, who confirmed all the crashes, also said the fifth lone accident occurred around 1:30pm and involved a truck with number plate, LAGOS APP 301 XN, along the same Onipepeiye axis.
Akinbiyi, however, attributed the crashes to over-speeding as the front tyres of the affected vehicles exploded.