Panic as truck plunges into Epe river in Lagos, two rescued


Residents of Epe area of Lagos State were thrown into panic mood when a truck carrying an unspecified number of people plunged into a river in their community late on Friday.

Some people have though been declared missing after the truck fell off the Berger Bridge into the Epe river, but men of Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), who responded to a distress call said they rescued two of the victims Saturday morning.

Head, Public Affairs of LASEMA, Nosa Okunbor, who said the search and rescue operations are ongoing, added that: “Upon arrival at the scene of the incident, it was discovered that a six-tyre truck loaded with sand fell into the river.

“The number of people in the truck can’t be ascertained at present.

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“Since the early hours of today, a combined team of agency responders, Marine Rescue Unit, Nigeria Police and local divers are carrying out search and rescue operations.

“No deaths or casualties confirmed yet.”

Also, in an update posted on its Twitter handle, LASEMA said: “The six (6) tyre truck has been located and retrieved along with the bodies of two (2) adult males.

LASEMA said a combined team of Agency responders, which include, Marine Rescue Unit, Nigeria Police and local divers supported it in carrying out search and rescue operations, which ha been concluded.