Ilorin ------------- Three members of same family lost their lives Sunday when the car they were traveling in plunged into a river following the sudden collapse of a bridge during a downpour in Ilorin.
It was learned that the incident occurred in the early hours of Sunday on Okoerin road, off lbrahim Taiwo road, in the llorin metropolis.
Eye witnesses said that the incident occurred during a heavy rain which lasted for more than four hours.
The sources said that five people were in the Toyota car with registration number LRN-978FE when the accident occurred.
The bridge which had been in existence for over two decades suddenly collapsed during the rain when the car reached the place and the car plunged into the flowing river under the bridge.
Two out of the five occupants of the vehicle were said to have escaped without any injury.
The car was still trapped in the river at the time of filling this report.
The State Director of Fire Service, Mr Abdulwaheed lyanda-Yakub, confirmed at the scene of the incident, that three persons of the same family’ lost their lives in the accident.
He disclosed that the state Fire Service was able to recover only one dead body but had not been able to recover the bodies of the remaining two victims.
“We are still searching for the remaining two bodies since the river is flowing one, we are making effort to secure the other two dead bodies,” he said.
The state Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Rotimi Iliasu, also said that he visited the collapsed bridge, describing the incident as unfortunate.
Iliasu attributed the bridge’s collapsed to àconstant dumping of refuse under the bridge which he said impeded free flow of water
The Commissioner, emphasised the importance of the road, stressing that the Ministry had begun repair works on the bridge.