Tragedy struck on Sunday evening in Onitsha as no fewer than 69 persons burnt to death when a trailer loaded with Premium Motor Spirit otherwise known as petrol, which 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 in 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 of 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 sixty nine 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 evacuated to various mortuaries in Onitsha, from Toronto to St Charles Boromneo Mortuaries and others in town”.
May the souls of the departed rest in peace. Amen!
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