Newly wed man, four others die as 18-seater bus plunges into river in Ondo

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An 18-seater bus plunged into a river in Aponmu village, Akure South Local Government Area, Ondo state, killing at least five people, including a newlywed man.

On Sunday afternoon, April 18, an 18-seater bus with the registration number Lagos AAA 859 XC, which left Lagos, plummeted into the Owena river, killing at least five passengers, including the driver.

According to an eyewitness, the driver lost control of the vehicle due to high speed while it was raining, and plunged the bus into the river which is about 25 feet from the surface.

The witnesses said the rain prevented help from getting to the trapped passengers for over an hour.

The new groom identified as Adewale, was said to be returning to Akure with his wife after the wedding at the Ikoyi Registry when the incident occured on Sunday afternoon.

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Eyewitnesses said they were to conduct the traditional wedding next weekend. The bride was said to have been seriously injured in the accident.

The death of the five passengers was attributed to the impact the bus had when it hit the rock at the bottom of the river. Other rescued injured victims, including a five-year-old, have been rushed to the hospital.

Spokesman for the Ondo FRSC, Mr. Abiola Fadumo, confirmed the incident but said rescue operation was still on.

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