Bus plunges into Ebonyi River, 13 bodies recovered, others missing

A Bus convening over 30 passengers plunged into Ebonyi River on Friday  September 19, as 13 bodies recovered while others are still missing.

The bus plunged in to the river on Friday night, while traveling from Akaeze-Ukwu River in Ebonyi State.

According to online reports, the tragic incident happened along the Akaeze-Ishiagu expressway, Ivo local government area of the state while returning from a burial.

The chairman of the local government, Onyebuchi Ogbadu, confirmed the incident on Saturday, as he said that the bodies were recovered by divers from Rivers and Cross River states.

“The divers were able to locate the bus and pushed it up to enable the crane to pull it out,” he said.

Mr Ogbadu added that they are still searching for the remaining passengers aboard the bus.

“The driver said he was carrying 32 persons in the so we are still looking for about 13 or more persons.”

The driver of coaster bus with Reg no. UKP 78 XA Mr Nwaonu Chinedu a native of IKWO LGA of the State survived and five of the passengers, who were rescued and rushed to hospital.

Meanwhile, one of the victims died at the hospital while the others are still reportedly unconscious, while 13 others are still missing.

 

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