In Ogun: 15 die, 38 injured as truck plunges into river

Fifteen persons lost their lives, while 38 were injured after a mini-truck plunged into the Omi River on the Ibadan-Ijebu-Ode Expressway in Ogun State on Tuesday.

It was gathered that the white mini-truck with number plate XE 331 MKA, which was loaded with 58 passengers, was travelling from Sokoto to Ijebu-Ode when it plunged into the river around 5.40am.

The Ogun State Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Clement Oladele, told PUNCH Metro that the suspected cause of the accident was fatigue on the part of the driver, who veered off the road.

Punch learnt that the rescue effort was coordinated by the FRSC unit commander, Ijebu-Ode, and personnel from the Ago-Iwoye outpost were mobilised to the scene of the crash.

Oladele stated that the remains of the deceased had been evacuated to Sabo, while the injured were taken to the State Hospital in Ijebu-Ode.

Oladele, while commiserating with the families of the victims, urged Nigerians to desist from boarding vehicles meant for goods only, noting that such vehicles were not fit for conveying passengers. Punch

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