Tragedy struck in Onitsha on Sunday
evening after over 60 persons burnt to death when a trailer loaded with
Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol that was descending from
Army barracks side of Onitsha Enugu express way lost control and rammed
into the Asaba Motor Park at Upper Iwekas Onitsha and exploded.
Eleven vehicles mostly commuter buses and two motorcycles inside the
Asaba Park Onitsha including the 40 foot tanker laden with petrol burnt
beyond repairs inside the park.
Governor Willie Obiano and the Anambra State Commissioner wept on seeing
the number casualties when they visited the scene of the accident, the
Governor told the relations of the victims to take heart and promised
that the state will help in ensuring that the living victims are well
taken care of in their respective hospitals
The Nigerian Red Cross Society officials were the first to arrive at
the scene of the incident, and according to its Chairman Prof Peter
Emeka Kathy “we have over sixty burnt to dead persons as at now, there
are other 30 casualties, a casualty is a living person, a dead person is
no longer a casualty, so 69 persons are dead, and they have bee
evaluated to various mortuaries in Onitsha, from Toronto to St Charles
Boromneo Mortuaries and others in town”.