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UPDATED: 15 Dead As Bus Plunges Into River In Ebonyi State

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Fifteen persons have been confirmed dead and five persons rescued injured following an accident that occurred in Akaeze Development Centre in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

Channels Television learned that the incident happened on Friday evening when a coaster bus with registration number UKP 78 XA Mr plunged into a river along the road.

The commercial said to be conveying 38 passengers on board lost control when the driver was trying to overtake a truck but ran into the Akaeze River which was already overflowing its banks due to a recent downpour.

According to the Police Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah, it took the efforts of police in the area to rescue the five victims.

The corpses consisting of seven females and seven males have been recovered and deposited at a hospital in Afikpo.

The police spokesperson said the driver is responding to treatment with three others, adding that one yet-to-identified female victim was confirmed dead on arrival at a hospital in the area.

Among those rescued is the driver bus, Nwaonu Chinedu, a native of Ikwo Local Government Area (LGA) of the state.

On his part, Chinedu said he conveyed 32 members of a church in Enugu to attend a burial ceremony at Nguzu Edda in Afikpo South LGA of the State.

Efforts are ongoing to rescue other trapped persons, including a retired Chief Superintend of Police, Livinus Mbah.

Meanwhile, Governor Dave Umahi and the Commissioner of Police have visited the scene of the accident.

While describing the incident as very unfortunate one, he asked road users to avoid reckless driving, especially during the ember months.

Ignatius Igwe

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