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GRAPHIC PHOTOS: Over 69 People Burnt To Death In Upper Iweka Onitsha

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Over 69 people were yesterday burnt to death when a fuel laden truck lost its brake while descending a hill in Upper Iweka Onitsha.

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The truck was descending from Army Barracks side of Onitsha-Enugu Expressway, lost control, rammed into the Asaba Motor Park at Upper Iweka, Onitsha, and exploded.
Eleven vehicles, mostly commuter buses and two motorcycles inside Asaba Park, and the fuel tanker were completely burnt to ashes.
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The Nigerian Red Cross Society officials were the first to arrive the scene of the incident. The society’s Chairman, Professor Peter Kathy, said: 

“Presently, we have 69 people burnt to death and 30 casualties. “The dead have been evacuated to various mortuaries in Onitsha. “The tanker driver lost his break while descending the hill from Boromeo and Army Barracks end of the Onitsha-Enugu Expressway towards Upper Iweka.

“Instead of looking for a wide gutter to break his speed, he veered into a park, where commercial vehicles were taking on passengers. Most of the people that died were inside vehicles in the park.

“If the driver of the tanker were alive, he would have been arraigned in the court because it is multiple murder. He was reckless. He knew he was fully loaded with petrol and yet he decided to direct his vehicle into a motor park.

“He does not care for human lives. How can you veer into a park where you know buses were filled with people, when the road is wide enough for you to control your vehicle?”

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9 Comments

  1. Chisom Molokwu

    June 1, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    If the driver of the tanker were alive, he would have been arraigned in the court because it is multiple murder. He was reckless. He knew he was fully loaded with petrol and yet he decided to direct his vehicle into a motor park.
    “He does not care for human lives. How can you veer into a park where you know buses were filled with people, when the road is wide enough for you to control your vehicle?”

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    For God's sake when a vehicle is without break the driver have minimal control over it. .Upper iweka is always crowded and i am still wondering where the driver could have directed the ill fated tanker without causing damage!




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  2. Anonymous

    June 1, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Whoever that made the last comment is is a lunatic. .That the driver knew he was fully loaded with PMS and the road is wide enough..We all know upper iweka is always crowded besides, the driver never knew he would have break failure.If he knew,he would ve parked the tanker at the depot!




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    • Kanyi Okeke

      June 1, 2015 at 12:38 pm

      Lol – some people will soon tell u the driver changed into a butterfly and flew away.




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  3. Chi

    June 1, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Nobody wants to die lol!. .It is a shame! !! Some people were caught up in this..May their souls rest in peace…..




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  4. Chika Ogunezi

    June 1, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    Please when did this happen?




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  5. Chrstoper Onourah

    June 1, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    May the souls of the dead rest in peace




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  6. Chibueze Innocent Nweke

    June 1, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    God have mercy. Protect ur children




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  7. Emma Jandon

    June 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    Jesus Christ




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  8. Richard

    June 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Lord have mercy




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