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Auto crash: 2 bodies yet to be recovered

07 September 2012, 07:17

Jere - The two remaining bodies of victims of Sunday’s auto crash at Jere Bridge along the Kaduna-Abuja expressway are yet to be recovered, the Public Affairs Manager, Kaduna Petrochemical Refining Company (KRPC), Alhaji Abdullahi Idris, said.

Idris told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the scene of the incident on Thursday that the bodies were those of the Deputy Manager, Finance of the KRPC, Jibril Sulaiman and his nephew,Omeizah.

He hoewever said that the vehicle involved in the accident had been traced in the river.

According to him, experts from Nigeria Inland Waterways Authority and professional divers from Warri, had contributed immensely in the recovery effort.

He said their efforts led to the discovery of the vehicle which was said to contain the remains of two other victims.

The manager said the vehicle was trapped under the water by soft sand making it difficult for the rescue team to lift it out.

"I believe that before the day runs out we will be able to get the vehicle out and we are expecting to also get the two remaining bodies.’’

He said the crane at the site needed to be reinforced in order to get the vehicle out, adding that they had sent for another hook that would be used to support the one at hand.

Idris said the agencies involved in the search and rescue had been urging people living along the bank of the river to be on the look out for the remaining bodies.

He said the body of the vehicle's driver was found by the river bank six kilometers from the scene of the accident and was buried on Sunday in Zaria, the deceased's home town.

NAN recalls that the accident occurred on Friday at about 8.30 p.m while the victims were travelling to Abuja from Kaduna.

Eye witnesses said the Hilux van plunged into the river while trying to manoeuver between two tipper lorries.

NAN recalls that 50 cadets of the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) lost their lives in 2005 in an accident on the same bridge.



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