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14 bodies recovered after bus plunges into river in Nigeria - Xinhua

19 (Xinhua) -- A total of 14 bodies have been recovered so far after a passenger bus fell into a river in the Ivo district of Ebonyi state in Nigeria's southeast region, a police officer told Xinhua on Saturday.A police spokesperson of the state, Loveth Odah, confirmed to Xinhua that seven of the bodies recovered so far are male while seven are female.All the bodies were recovered on Saturday.Some of the rescued victims remain unconscious and have been taken to a hospital, said the police spokesperson.

The accident involved a bus carrying members of a church returning from a burial on Friday evening, said Stella Uchegbu, state commander for the Federal Road Safety Corps, adding that so far the number of people on board cannot be identified as the bus is still trapped.According to Odah, local authorities had earlier rescued five people and declared others missing.

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