…As 13 drown after vehicle plunges into canal in Philippines***
An 18 seater bus on Sunday plunged into the Owena River on the Akure Ondo road in Ondo State.
An eyewitness account stated that the driver of the bus who was coming from the Ondo town axis and heading toward Akure lost control as a result of speeding and plunged into the river.
The witness further revealed that five of the passengers including a child were rescued and taken to the hospital by motorists and men of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
The witness added that some of the passengers lost their lives at the scene of the accident.
Mr Ahmed Hassan, Ondo State Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), confirmed the incident to the newsmen on Sunday in Akure.
Hassan, however, stated that the number of casualties had yet to be ascertained.
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He added that men of the command were still at the scene of the accident.
“Yes, there is an accident where a bus plunged into the Owena River and our men are still at the scene for rescue, but we cannot ascertain the number of people that died or survived for now,” he said.
In the meantime, Thirteen people drowned when a sports utility vehicle they were riding in fell into an irrigation canal in the northern Philippines, police said Monday.
Two people survived the accident, which occurred in a village in Tabuk City in Kalinga province, 316 kilometers north of Manila, on Sunday, a police report said.
Initial investigation showed that the driver lost control of the sports utility vehicle, which plunged into the irrigation canal, according to the province’s emergency center.
“According to rescuers, 15 people were in the car and 13 of them drowned, including children and adults,’’ the report said.
Eleven of the victims were declared dead on arrival in the hospital, while two died while being treated.
The two survivors have been confined and under observation, police added.