Ogun: 15 killed, 38 injured as truck plunges into river

No fewer than 15 passengers were killed on Tuesday when a mini truck plunged into the Ome River, near Oru Ijebu area of Ogun State.
The tragic incident, which occurred in the early hours along the Ibadan – Ijebu-Ode highway, also left 38 persons seriously injured.
New Telegraph learnt that the ill-fated vehicle, a white Mitsubishi Canter truck with registration number XE331MKA, was overloaded with passengers travelling from Sokoto State.
The truck, it was learnt, was also loaded with guinea fowls meant for delivery at a farm in Ijebu-Ode.
The vehicle was said to have lost control near the Ome River, which has a narrow bridge bereft of safety guard railings.
The Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Ogun State Command, Clement Oladele, confirmed the incident, saying it occurred at Ome River, Ajegunle bridge along the Ibadan – Ijebu-Ode highway.
Oladele, who disclosed that the vehicle veered off the road, attributed the cause of the incident to fatigue.
He stated that the remains of those who lost their lives were evacuated to Sabo in Ijebu-Ode for burial by the Hausa community while those injured were taken to the General Hospital, Ijebu-Ode, for medical attention.
The FRSC boss cautioned passengers against boarding vehicles designated for goods only to forestall similar tragedy.

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