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Sad! Vehicle Plunges Into Dam, Man Escapes, Wife Missing

There was weeping and wailing along the Ife-Ibadan Expressway on Monday after a vehicle conveying three persons, including a couple, plunged into the Asejire Dam.

Asejire Dam separates Osun and Oyo states.

It was observed that two male occupants of the car, which was completely submerged in the river, were rescued alive by local divers, but the only female occupant in the car could not be brought out of the water for over one hour after the accident.

Eyewitnesses at the scene told Punch that the blue colour vehicle first hit the concrete at the edge of the bridge before somersaulting into the river.

One of the people at the scene said the vehicle landed on a rock inside the river before it eventually submerged in water.

A Punch correspondent overheard the husband of the woman, who was trapped inside the submerged car ,asking for his wife’s whereabouts after he was rescued.

He said, “Where is my wife? She is wearing the same dress like this. Where is she? Is she dead?”

Sympathisers assured him that his wife was slightly injured but she was okay.

A police van on patrol was stopped and the van took the victims to a hospital in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.

Motorists and other persons, who trooped to the scene, called on the Federal Government to erect railings on all the sides of the bridge to prevent vehicles from plunging into the river.

Some of them said such accident was common on the bridge because there was nothing to prevent any vehicle that skidded off the road from falling into the river.

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