No fewer than eight persons were rescued on Tuesday after a 14-seater Hiace bus plunged into a river in the Okogbe-Mbiama end of the East-West Road in the Ahoada West Local Government Area of Rivers State.
The driver of the bus was said to have lost control, while the bus skidded off a flooded bridge before plunging into the river.
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.