More Than 5 People Killed In Onitsha Fuel Tanker Accident (Graphic)


More than 5 people were allegedly killed after a Fuel Tanker conveying fuel and gas fell and exploded at Upper Iweka in Onitsha.

The trailer allegedly lost control and exploded into the Asaba Motor Park at the Upper Iweka area of the city.

The truck was descending from the Army Barracks side of the Onitsha-Enugu Express Way.

Eleven vehicles, mostly commuter buses and two motorcycles inside Asaba Park, and the fuel tanker were completely burnt to ashes.

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State and one of his commissioners wept when they visited the scene of the accident.

The governor told relatives of the victims to take heart and promised that the state would help in ensuring that those who survived were well taken care of.

The Nigerian Red Cross Society officials were the first to arrive the scene of the incident.

The society’s Chairman, Professor Peter Kathy, said: “Presently, we have 69 people burnt to death and 30 casualties. “The dead have been evacuated to various mortuaries in Onitsha.

“The tanker driver failed break while descending the hill from Boromeo and Army Barracks end of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway towards Upper Iweka.

The fuel moved through the gutter to Ochanja roundabout Onitsha,destroying lives and properties including plazas in Ziks avenue Onitsha and Ochanja.

According to report,for more than two hours no fire service personnel intervene.

It was reported that the fire service agents from Delta State later intervene.

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