No fewer than 15 persons died while 38 others sustained various degrees of injuries as a Toyota Canter truck plunged into dried Omi river on the Ibadan – Ijebu Ode road.
Mr Clement Oladele, the Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident to newsmen in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
Oladele noted that the accident occurred early hours of Tuesday morning and it involved a white coloured Mitsubishi canter marked XE 331 MKA loaded with passengers traveling from Sokoto state.
The sector commander added that the suspected cause of the crash was fatigue on the part of the driver , saying that the vehicle veered off the road and crashed into the dried Omi river.
“Rescue operations still ongoing, however, 15 corpses, all male adults have been recovered from under the Omi river bridge .
“So far 38 passengers in the mini truck sustained various degrees of injuries and rescued to the state Hospital, Ijebu Ode for treatment,” he said.
He noted that the corpses of the dead had been evacuated to Sabo in Ijebu Ode with the Sarki Hausawa making arrangements with the police for mass burial of the victims.
The sector commander advised passengers to desist from boarding ”Goods- Only” vehicle which by their configuration are not for transporting passengers but only goods.
Oladele advised families of the victims to contact the FRSC command in Ago Iwoye or Ijebu Ode for details of the crash.