15 Nigerians have drowned in Ome-River near Oru Ijebu area of Ogun State, along the Ibadan/Ijebu-Ode highway.
The incident which occurred on Tuesday morning, according to the federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC when a truck plunged into the river killings 15 Commuters and injuring 38 others that were onboard including about 1200 poultry birds.
The FRSC, Ogun State Command and the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), said the victims were reported to be travelling from Sokoto to Ijebu-Ode, in a white coloured Mistibushi Canter Truck, before the unfortunate incident happened.
Spokesman for TRACE, Babatunde Akinbiyi, said 65 passengers were in the ill-fated vehicle which was also loaded with guinea fowls meant for delivery at a farm in Ijebu-Ode.
Akinbiyi said: “We learnt from an eye witness that the Mitsubishi Canter was coming from Sokoto bound Ijebu-Ode.
“The driver due to excessive speeding almost rammed into an oncoming trailer and in the process fell into a ditch.
“The White Mitsubishi Canter was loaded with Guinea Fowls meant to be deposited at a farm.”
The FRSC Sector Commander, Clement Oladele, said the remains of those who lost their lives were evacuated and taken 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.
He advised passengers not to board vehicles designated for goods only to avoid a similar occurrence.
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