At least eight people, including a pregnant woman, are reported to have died yesterday in an accident involving a tanker and other vehicles in Onitsha, Anambra state. Another 150 people have suffered injuries.
The accident occurred when a fuel-laden tanker, descending Awka Road, had brake failure and rammed into vehicles at Anambra Broadcasting Service, ABS/Awka Road traffic light junction, an eyewitness who spoke to the Punch said.
According to the source, the driver, in a bid to avoid more destruction, crushed a blue Mitsubishi bus, fully loaded with passengers, and then hit four tricycles.
“The pregnant woman was standing at the bus stop, perhaps waiting for a bus, when she was crushed by the tanker. Others were mostly passengers in the four tricycles that were hit in the multiple accidents,” The source is quoted by the Punch as saying.
The Punch lists Onitsha police area commander, Philip Ezekiel, Inland Town divisional police officer, Cosmas Eze and the Onitsha Central divisional police officer, Isa Abubakar, as officials who battled to save lives.
Firefighters were reported to have rushed to the scene of the crash to prevent the petrol tanker from exploding.
Recently there was a car crash incident on the third mainland bridge in Lagos which also involved a brake failure and a snowball of car crashes.