A commercial bus in the evening hours of Wednesday, October 2, plunged into River Ososa in the Ijebu-Ode area of Ogun State.
Naija News reports that the commercial bus, a Toyota Sienna with passengers plunged into the Ososa River on the Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode-Benin Expressway in the Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun state.
The bus with a yet to be identified number umber plates, was travelling on the popular Sagamu- Ijebu Ode-Benin Expressway when the incident occurred.
The incident was reported to have occurred barely a week after a non-academic staff bus of Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Ijebu Ode plunged into the same river.
It was gathered that the bus driver had attempted to overtake another vehicle on the road but suddenly had a bad tyre; a situation that made the driver helplessly lost control over his vehicle, causing it to fall into the river.
While speaking on the incident, the Ogun Sector Command of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) said it was as a result of over speeding.
The Sector Commander, Clement Oladele while briefing on the incident, revealed that the water levels occasioned by the heavy downpour on Tuesday was making the rescue operation more difficult.
While speaking as at press time, the FRSC boss said as thus; “The FRSC rescue team moved in immediately to the scene for rescue operations. The team include FRSC professional divers who have dived into the river to conduct rescue operations underneath
“The divers are still working hard to recover the passengers in the ill-fated vehicle, which is made more difficult due to the risen level of the river caused by yesterday’s heavy rains, around Ijebu-Ode area.
“The bus was travelling from the Sagamu end of the expressway towards Ijebu Ode section.”
While expressing worry over the incidents, Oladele appealed to motorists to drive cautiously especially around bridges, considering that the expressway was undergoing rehabilitation.
“Motorists are therefore strongly advised to reduce speed when approaching bridges to prevent an unpleasant situation such as this.
“The rescue operations would not be called off till the vehicle and the occupants are brought out of the river.
“I also appeal to RCC to ensure that the safety railings around the bridge and other bridges in that axis are
quickly replaced. Illuminated warning signs should be provided around the bridge and the depression at the foot of the bridge quickly repaired to prevent re-occurrence,” he said.