18- SEATER BUS CONTAINING MEMBERS OF ONE FAMILY PLUNGES INTO RIVER, ONLY ONE SURVIVOR

An 18- seater bus has plunged into a river leaving only one survivor.

The Kaduna State sector’s Head of Operations, Mr. Salisus Galadunci, said the 18 persons, who were from one family, were returning to Lokoja from Kano when the accident occurred about 11 pm on Tuesday.

Galadunci said three bodies were recovered from the river while only one person survived the accident. He said: “An 18-seater bus travelling to Lokoja from Kano plunged into River Rijana with about 18 persons, all related, returning from Sallah break.

“The incident was reported by the only survivor, a woman who managed to report to an FRSC ambulance stationed at Doka unit on Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, about 7a.m. today (yesterday). “Rescuers from FRSC Doka, Katari and Kakau were immediately dispatched with ambulances, and with support of local divers to search for survivors.

“Eventually, only three bodies were recovered, while the remaining persons could not be found, including the survivor’s daughter.” Galadunci added that the survivor explained that the accident happened in a flash, and attributed it to over speeding and fatigue.

According to him, the recovered bodies have been buried by the river side by villagers, while efforts have been intensified to rescue the 14 missing persons. He said: “Among the FRSC rescue team were the Zone 1 Commander, Bulus Darwang, Kaduan State Sector Commander, Francis Udoma and Zone 1 Head of Operations, Yomi Asaniyan.”

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