While millions of Naira worth of products and property were lost, about 69 persons were burnt to death Sunday night as a petrol-laden tanker, descending from Army Barracks side of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, lost control, rammed into the Asaba Motor Park at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, and exploded.
A report in vanguardngr.com says eleven vehicles, mostly commuter buses and two motorcycles inside Asaba Park, and the fuel tanker were completely burnt to ashes.
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 lost his break while descending the hill from Boromeo and Army Barracks end of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway towards Upper Iweka”.
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 are well taken care of.