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Three die one survive as vehicle plunges into Delta river


Three die one survive as vehicle plunges into Delta river




Three persons have been killed after a
Toyota Land Cruiser Prado plunged into the Agbarho River in the
Okuokoko/Agbarho end of the East-West Road, in the Ughelli North Local
Government Area of Delta State.





Six persons were said to be inside the vehicle when the accident occurred around 3.30pm on Saturday.





While three of the occupants, including
the driver escaped from the vehicle, with number plate, Abuja DK 653
ABC, three others were reported to have died in the accident.





One of the survivors, who did not want to be identified, told reprters during a visit to the scene on Sunday that a colleague had just alighted from the vehicle when it developed a fault.





The survivor explained that all the
occupants were male and were returning from Bayelsa State, where they
had gone to fix one of their company’s faulty trucks.





He added that the occupants were mechanics and electricians.





The victims were said to be workers of an indigenous construction company, owned by one Chief Solomon Olotu.





The survivor gave the identity of the
deceased as Mr Jiwere Olotu, a cousin of the owner of the construction
firm; a mechanic, identified only as Musa; and an electrician, one
Lucky.





Another survivor, who identified himself
simply as Freeborn, said, “We were returning from Bayelsa State when
the Prado suddenly stopped working on top of the bridge. The steering
and the brake refused to work before the vehicle fell into the river.





“The driver was not speeding. We had
barely dropped one of our colleagues, who lives in Agbarho at the
junction close to the bridge when the vehicle plunged into the river. We
were coming from work. We were mechanics and electricians. We only
stopped at Evwreni to eat and no one took any alcoholic drink.










“It was a terrible accident. We all
struggled to escape from the vehicle. We could not see each other inside
the water because the river was deep.





“I spent about 15 minutes before I was
able to break one of the glasses to escape. Three of us made it out
alive; we sustained bruises.”





Our correspondent observed that the vehicle was recovered by a team of professional divers with the help of a crane.





The incident resulted in gridlock on the
road, as operatives of the Nigeria Police Force and officials of the
Federal Road Safety Corps, diverted traffic to one lane to hasten the
recovery operation.





A witness, who was involved in the
operation, said, “As of this morning (Sunday), the remaining three
persons have not been found. They may have been swept away by the wave.
We are still searching for them. They will float by evening.”





The deceased had not been seen as of the time of filing this report, as the divers intensified efforts to recover their bodies.





The Delta State Commissioner of Police, Muhammad Mustafa, confirmed the incident.





He added that three persons survived the accident and had been discharged from the hospital where they were rushed to.





The police chief said efforts were on to recover the bodies of the victims who allegedly drowned.


While also confirming the incident, the
state Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Rindom Kumven, said three persons
were killed in the accident.





He said, “We rushed to the scene, where
the team, in conjunction with men of the Nigeria Police Force and local
divers brought out the three male adults, who were later rushed to
Agbarho Central Hospital.





“However, the other occupants trapped
could not be rescued due to the current of the river. The vehicle
belongs to S.O. Olotu Nigeria Limited, a construction company based in
Osubi. The vehicle was returning from Bayelsa, where the artisans had
gone to work, before the fatal crash. The search-and-rescue operation
continues tomorrow (Monday) as efforts to bring out the remaining
occupants failed.”

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