Ogun: 15 die as Lagos- bound Sokoto truck plunges into river



No fewer than 15 males have been confirmed dead after a Mitsubishi Canter truck plunged into the dry riverbed of Omi River in Ogun State Sector on Tuesday morning.

Spokesperson for Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Superintendent Route Commander Florence Okpe, said the accident occured along Ibadan-Ijebu Ode Road when the white Mitsubishi Canter registration number XE331MKA overloaded with passengers travelling from Sokoto plunged into the river in the early hours of the day.

Rescue officers from FRSC Unit commander in Ijebu Ode as well from Ago Iwoye outpost command were swiftly mobilised to the scene

The bodies of the dead passengers have been recovered from the riverbed while 38 injured persons were taken to the State Hospital in Ijebu Ode for medical treatment.

The corpses were taken to Sabo in Ijebu Ode where the Sarkin Hausawa was making arrangements with the police for their mass burial.

The crash was attributed to fatigue on the part of the driver.

The bridge is said to have a narrow passageway.

The dried nature of the riverbed made rescue work much more easier.

FRSC Sector Commander for Ogun State, Clement Oladele, advised Nigerians to avoid travelling in goods trucks.

He consoled with the families of the deceased and urged them to contact FRSC Ago Iwoye unit for further information.