BY MOSES OKORIE
Many people were feared dead on Wednesday, October 2, when a passenger bus plunged into River Ososa close to Ijebu-Ode in Ogun State.
According to report, the sad event happened around 4:30pm along Sagamu-Ijebu-Ode-Benin Expressway, though the number of casualty was not yet ascertained, but efforts were ongoing if some lives can be saved.
Another report quoted the sector commander of Federal Road Safety Corps in Ogun State, Mr. Clement Oladele who said the incidence happened as a result of over speeding, and lamented that high water levels caused by the heavy downpour on Tuesday has made rescue operation difficult.
According to him, “The FRSC rescue team moved in immediately to the scene for rescue operations. The team includes FRSC professional divers who have dived into the river to conduct rescue operations underneath
“The divers are still working hard to recovered bodies of the passengers in the ill-fated vehicle, which is made more difficult by 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.”
“Motorists are, therefore, strongly advised to reduce speed when approaching bridges to prevent 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 (the construction firm working in the area) 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 reoccurrence,” he said”, he said.