onitsha petroleum tanker crash
No fewer than 69 persons were burnt to death
last 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.
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
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.