The Ososa river on the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode-Benin Expressway in Odogbolu Local Government area of Ogun has again witnessed another accident as a commercial bus with passengers has plunged into the river.
According to Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), who confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Wednesday October 2, 2019, the crash occurred around 4:30pm.
Oladele noted that the crash occured when the driver of the bus attempted to overtake another vehicle on the bridge, saying, “unfortunately the driver lost control and flipped into the river.”
He stated further that the FRSC rescue team had to moved immediately to the scene for rescue operations, adding that FRSC rescue team which included the FRSC professional divers who have dived into the river to conduct rescue operations underneath the river .
FRSC boss posited that the divers were still working hard to recover the passengers in the ill-fated vehicle, saying that it had been difficult due to the risen level of the river caused by Tuesday’s rain around the Ijebu-Ode area .
He assured that the rescue operations would not be called off till the vehicle and the occupants were all brought out from the river .
“The bus was travelling from the Sagamu end of the expressway, heading towards the Ijebu Ode section of the expressway in Ogun.
The FRSC boss expressed worries over the incident and had again advised motorists to drive cautiously especially around bridges, considering that the expressway is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
He urged motorists to reduce speed on aproaching bridges, to prevent unpleasant situation of plunging into rivers.
The Sector Commander urged the Construction Company, RCC, to ensure that the safety railings around the bridge and other bridges enroute the Sagamu-Ijebu Ode-Benin expressway were quickly replaced.
Recalled similar Incident happened on Saturday September 29, 2019 which involved a non-academic staff of the Tai Solarin College of Education (TASCE), Omu-Ijebu who plunged into the same Ososa river.