Many dead,three missing as bridge collapses during a downpour in Kwara.

Many dead, Three missing in Kwara as bridge collapses during downpour

Three persons from the five persons that died in the Toyota when the accident occurred, are of the same family.Two out of the five occupants of the vehicle were said to have escaped without any injury.

The driver was on the bridge when it tore apart and they fell into the canal.The bridge collapsed because of a heavy downfall,they died because they couldn’t get help as there is no means to rescue them.

we had to standby and expect the emergency team to come, a witness said

The bridge which had been in existence for over two years suddenly collapsed and the car fell into the flowing river under the bridge.

The State Director of Fire Service, Abdulwaheed lyanda-Yakub, who spoke with NAN at the scene of the incident, confirmed that three persons of the same family’ lost their lives in the accident.He further disclosed that a dead body is recovered by the state fire service while they are still searching for the bodies of the remaining two victims

The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Rotimi Iliasu, described the incident as unfortunate and commiserated with the family of the dead.Mr Iliasu described the bridge’s collapse to constant dumping of refuse under the bridge which disturb the free flow of water.

The commissioner,said the ministry had begun repair works on the bridge and also that the Okoerin road has been blocked while some personnel from the state traffic management authority assigned to monitor diversion of traffic

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