Over 69 persons burnt to death on Sunday evening when a trailer loaded with petrol rammed into the Asaba Motor Park at Upper Iwekas, Onitsha and exploded.
Over 69 persons burnt to death on Sunday evening when a trailer loaded with 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 a State Commissioner were overflowing with emotions as they broke into tears upon seeing the disaster the explosion caused.
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 been evaluated to various mortuaries in Onitsha, from Toronto to St Charles Boromneo Mortuaries and others in town”.