No fewer than 33 persons were feared dead by drowning yesterday when a coaster bus loaded with passengers veered-off a bridge and plunged into a river at J4, Ogbere-Ijebu stretch of the Sagamu-Ore expressway, The Nation gathered.
The long medium-range luxury bus was yet to be found as it was swept away by the tide. But there were three lucky survivors including a pregnant woman who was found hanging on atree branches, the Unit Commander, Ijebu-Ode Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Mr Seidu Isah Osilama, said.
Osilama said the FRSC operatives arrived at the scene of the accident a few minutes after the accident occurred and they were able to rescue the three survivors because they fell off the bus and landed on a tree.
He said rescue effort would require crane and divers to ascertain the location of the bus and the passengers inside the water.
According to him, no one knew the exact numbers of passengers in the bus or the casualty figure as they were still buried in the water.