petrol-tankerFifty persons were yesterday feared dead and 30 vehicles burnt when a 40-foot trailer laden with fuel had a break failure and rammed into a fleet of vehicles at Asaba Park, Upper Iweka in Onitsha, Anambra State.
Another 13 travellers died in an accident which occurred in Busuri Village along Bulkachuwa- Dambam Road in Bauchi State while five others sustained various degrees of injuries.
Nigerian Pilot learnt that the Onitsha accident occurred when a trailer driver lost control of his vehicle due to break failure when it was descending the Enugu/Onitsha Expressway near Upper Iweka.
Five motorcycles, 10 makeshift structures and goods worth millions of naira were burnt as the trailer caught fire.
The Divisional Police Officer, DPO, of Central Police Station, Onitsha, Mr. Isa Abubakar, who confirmed the incident, said: “We removed 22 corpses, three motorcycles got burnt with 12 buses,” adding that, “We are still removing the dead bodies.”
He was seen on several occasions giving directives to his men while the fire servicemen fought to put out the inferno.
Eyewitnesses said that the death toll from the accident was more than 50.
The Bauchi road mishap occurred on Friday night when two vehicles collided with 13 people who were confirmed dead on the spot while the five survivors are receiving treatment at Federal Medical Centre, Azare in the state.
The State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Haruna Muhammad, said the crash occurred following a head-on collision of a Blue Toyota Hiace bus with Registration Number AG 79 AKR from Ondo State driven by one Sule Abubakar and a white Iveco truck with Registration Number XB 907 GWI from Kano State.
He said the two vehicles on opposite direction collided leading to the death of 13 people. Abubakar said the Police in Azare Police Division rushed the survivors to the Federal Medical Centre, Azare for medical attention.
Among those who were certified dead were the driver of the bus, Sule Abubakar, 28; Buba Shuaibu, 30;Ibrahim Muhammad, 25; Yusuf Busuri, 17, Sadiq Bello, 20, Yahai Sulaiman, 30, Hudu Isah, 30, Haruna Yusuf, 15, Sale Waziri, 50, and Yahai Manini, 40, while two other corpses are yet to be identified.