8 rescued, others missing as 14-seater bus plunges into river in Rivers

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A 14-seater bus has plunged into a river along (Akala Olu) Okogbe-Mbiama axis, East-West Road of Ahoada West LGA, Rivers State after the driver lost control of the bus.

Although local divers were still searching for other possible occupants of the vehicle, the bus had been reportedly recovered and taken to Akinima Police Station.

A source said, “The 14-seater bus was fully loaded. It plunged into river along the East-West Road. My heart is broken. This accident was caused by the flood.”

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Nnamdi Omoni, said the eight rescued persons had been rushed to a hospital while the police and local divers continued to search for other passengers.

Omoni explained that the passenger bus was travelling from Port Harcourt to Yenagoa when the incident happened.

“Eight persons have been rescued. The bus was travelling from Port Harcourt to Yenagoa. The search is still on to know if there are other passengers left in the river,” Omoni said.

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