Thursday, March 14, 2019

Tragedy Strikes In Anambra As Kerosene Tanker Rams Into Motor Park

About seven persons were crushed to death on Wednesday while several others were seriously injured at the NITEL section of Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State, when a tanker loaded with kerosene lost control and skidded off the road and crashed into a nearby motor park.

The tanker was coming from the Enugu axis towards Onitsha when the unfortunate incidence occured.

Emma Ejim, an eyewitness, said he saw the tanker coming on high speed, but before he could raise and alarm, the accident had happened.

Narrating his experience, the eyewitness told reporters that the accident that happened by 4:57p.m also smashed some shuttle vehicles and crushed goods and wares worth millions of naira.

According to him, the driver of the tanker, after the incident, disappeared from the scene as angry mobs gathered to set the vehicle and the driver ablaze.

The State Chairman of the Red Cross Society, Prof. Peter Katchy, confirmed that seven persons died instantly. 

Prof Katchy said three persons who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Pieter Specialist Hospital and to the Toronto Hospital, while one of the dead persons had his head separated from his body completely.

As at the time our correspondent visited Toronto Hospital, most of the dead persons had been deposited in the hospital’s morgue while the headless body of the young man of about 30 years was still lying at the compound of the hospital.

Doctors at the Toronto Hospital were seen battling to save the lives of the survivors.

This is the fourth time such an incidence will be happening in that area as a similar incidence occured in May 2015 where over 70 people were roasted alive. 

All efforts made by the Anambra State government to stop loading and offloading of passengers in the area have failed as transporters plying Onitsha-Asaba route have always defied government’s regulations.

The operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the police who patrol the area seem not to help matters as touts hold sway in that area on daily basis.

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