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At least one person has been confirmed dead and four critically injured following an accident in Akaeze Development Centre in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi State.

It was learned that the incident happened on Friday evening when a coaster bus plunged into a river along the road.

The commercial said to be conveying 38 passengers on board lost control when the driver was trying to overtake a truck but ran into the Akaeze River which was already overflowing its banks due to a recent downpour.

Ebonyi State Police Public Relations Officer, Loveth Odah, who confirmed the incident, noted that it took the efforts of police in the area to rescue the five victims.

The police spokesman said although rescue operations are ongoing, there might be more victims in the river.

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