Thirteen bodies were on Saturday, September 19, recovered from the Akaeze-Ukwu River in Ebonyi State, after a bus convening over 30 passengers plunged into the river on Friday night.
According to reports, the unfortunate incident occurred along the Akaeze-Ishiagu expressway, Ivo local government area of the state.
The chairman of the local government, Onyebuchi Ogbadu, who confirmed the incident on Saturday, said the bodies were recovered by divers from Rivers and Cross River states.
“The divers were able to locate the bus and pushed it up to enable the crane to pull it out,” he said.
Mr Ogbadu added that they are still searching for the remaining passengers aboard the bus.
“The driver said he was carrying 32 persons in the bus so we are still looking for about 13 or more persons.”
The driver, and five of the passengers, who were returning from a burial, were rescued and taken to hospital on Friday.
However, one of them died at the hospital while the others are reportedly still unconscious.