NINE persons yesterday died from an accident that occurred in Ojuelegba area of the state.
According to the State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), upon arriving at the scene of the incident, a truck conveying a 20ft container was found to have landed on top of a commercial bus.
It stated that further investigations revealed that the commercial bus was picking passengers within the location of the accident when the truck lost control and fell over the side of the bridge.
“After suspending the container load with the aid of the Agency’s forklift and cutting off the top of the bus with light rescue equipment, a single adult woman was extricated alive and taken to the trauma centre.”
LASEMA disclosed that at the end of the rescue operation, the final casualty count was nine fatalities comprising, four adult males; three adult females; one boy child and
one girl child.
It added that the Agency’s heavy duty Goliath and teams from Onipan and Cappa were on ground for the rescue operation along with the Agency’s ambulance, the state fire service, federal fire service, State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) and Nigeria Police.
“Further investigation to be carried out by the Nigeria Police on the removal of the barriers on the bridge aimed at preventing trucks from ascending,” the statement said.