At least 21 people were reportedly dead with scores injured when a tanker with kerosene lost control at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, Anambra State and crashed.
According to an eyewitness, more than 21 persons died while others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Chijoke Nworji, who witnessed the incident said that the tanker lost control at MCC bus stop on the Onitsha-Enugu expressway and skidded off the expressway to the service lane, crushing everything in its path until it finally crashed into the drainage channel at Abuja park.
“The tanker accident killed more than 21 people; many people who were injured will die in the hospital because of the degrees of the injuries they sustained.
According to Chijoke, the tanker driver had the opportunity to force the vehicle to crash but he didn’t.
His words : “The driver of the tanker simply wanted to kill people because he had an opportunity to force the vehicle to crash where there were fewer people. But I thank God that I ran away in time and was saved,” Nworji stated.
The state chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Prof Peter, Emeka Katchy, who led the rescue team to the scene of the accident said that they had so far evacuated seven bodies to the Toronto hospital morgue at Upper Iweka and four injured persons to another hospital.
“A tanker loaded with kerosene lost control and rammed into people and killed a lot of people from MCC bus stop down to Peace park gate. So far, seven dead bodies have been deposited at Toronto hospital mortuary.
“We took one person to the hospital where he is receiving treatment. Three other injured persons are at Beater Hospital on Onitsha-Owerri road. That is the number of causalities recorded so far; others ones we don’t know”.
According to Katchy, the Federal Road Safety Corps later came to remove the tanker.
It was however reported in 2015 that a tanker laden with fuel also lost control on the same spot went up in flames, killing many people.