The Ogun State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, has reported an accident at the Omi River, Ajegunle bridge along the Ibadan/Ijebu-Ode highway in Ijebu-Ode Local Government Area of the state which claimed 15 lives and injured 38 others.
The accident, which occurred early Tuesday morning, involved a white Mitsubishi truck with registration number XE331MKA.
The FRSC Sector Commander of the state, Clement Oladele, who confirmed the incident, said the truck was travelling from Sokoto with overloaded with passengers.
According to him, rescue operatives led by the FRSC unit commander, Ijebu-Ode and the FRSC rescue operators from the FRSC Ago-Iwoye outpost command were quickly mobilised to the scene.
“Rescue operation is still ongoing. However, 15 corpses, all male adults, of the passengers crammed in the truck, have been recovered from the Omi-River under-bridge.
“So far, thirty-eight passengers in the truck sustained varying degrees of injuries and were taken to the state hospital Ijebu Ode for treatment.
“The corpses of the dead victims have been evacuated to Sabo in Ijebu-Ode with the Sarki Hausawa (Hausa community leader) making arrangements with the police for the mass burial of the dead victims.”
Speaking on the possible cause of the crash, Mr Oladele said, “the suspected cause of the crash is fatigue as the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into the dried Omi River along the Ibadan/Ijebu-Ode road”.
He added that rescue operation was made easier because the river had dried up.
Mr Oladele however lamented that the Omi River bridge is bereft of safety railings.
The sector commander commiserates with the victims and advised passengers to desist from boarding vehicles designed only for goods, which he said, by their configurations, are not made to commute passengers but goods only.
The sector commander also advised families of the victims to contact the FRSC command in Ago-Iwoye or Ijebu-ode for details of the dead victims.