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Three Die As Jeep Falls Into Delta River In Broad Daylight (Pics)

It was a mysterious end for three young Nigerians who were on Saturday evening killed in an auto accident on the Agbarho Bridge, around Agbarhor/Okuokoko length of the East-West Expressway, Ughelli North council area of Delta state.

The victims were technical staffs of an indigenous construction company, who were returning from an assignment in Bayelsa when the accident happened.

There were six men inside the Land Cruiser SUV when it swerved off, broke a side rail of the bridge and plunged into the river.

The company is owned by one Chief Solomon Olotu.

Three of the occupants were rescued alive by divers who swung into action almost immediately the accident occurred. The other three were not as lucky as neither the divers, nor the official rescue teams of the Red Cross, police and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) could immediately retrieve their bodies.


One of the survivors, who did not want his name in print told journalists at the scene of the accident on Sunday morning that they were returning from Bayelsa state where they had gone to fix one of their company’s faulty trucks.

Narrating how the accident happened, another survivor who identified himself simply as Freeborn said “We were returning from Bayelsa State when the Jeep suddenly stopped working on top of the bridge. The steering and the brake refused to work and the vehicle fell into the river.

“The driver was not on speed. We had barely dropped one of our colleagues who live in Agbarho at the junction close to the bridge when the jeep plunged into the river.
 We were coming from work. We were all mechanics and electricians. We only stopped at Evwreni to eat and no one took drink," he explained.

The white SUV in which the victims were travelling, was however recovered and evacuated on Sunday by a team of professional divers, with the help of a train loader to a Police Station in Agbarho.

The three persons who survived the accident had been discharged from the hospital where they were rushed to.

Police say efforts were on to recover the bodies of the remaining victims who allegedly drown in the process.