Six persons have lost their lives while fourteen others sustained various degrees of injuries in a multiple road crash along Upper Iweka Road, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
This incident happened on Wednesday, 13th, late in the afternoon. 20 persons were involved in the accident.
The Sector Commander of The Federal Road Safety Corps in Anambra, Mr Kunapayi Adodele, confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Onitsha.
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“Yes, there was a fatal accident that involved a vehicle loaded with kerosene, which lost control and rammed into seven other vehicles at Tracas Motor Park along the Upper Iweka Road. Six persons, four males and two females died instantly while 14 others sustained injuries. The victims were taken to Toronto Hospital and Borromew Hospital Onitsha,” he said.
He also added that those vehicles affected had been towed away for further investigations.
It was also understood that the cause of the incident was a tanker carrying Kerosene which apparently lost control and ran into people.
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Though, according to the State Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Prof. Peter Katch, the organization carried about seven corpses to Toronto Hospital Morgue while four people sustained injuries. In his words:
“A tanker loaded with kerosene lost control and rammed into people and killed a lot of them from MCC Bus Stop down to Peace Motor Park gate.”
“Seven dead people were deposited at Toronto Hospital Mortuar, and one other person we took to the hospital is still receiving treatment.”
“Three other injured people are at Beater Hospital along Onitsha-Owerri Road.”
“That is the number of causalities recorded by the Nigerian Red Cross Society,” he said.
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A source who was an eyewitness told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the fuel tanker lost control at MCC bus stop along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and jumped from the expressway to the service lane.
Adding that the tanker wasted everything on its way until it finally stopped inside a drainage. He also in his claim that the driver “ran away” after the incident occurred.
“The tanker driver ran away immediately after the incident for fear of being mobbed,”
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