On Sunday, 31st May 2015, at about 3pm, a tanker loaded with tonnes of fuel (petrol) had a brake failure while descending Upper Iweka road from the Army Barracks side of Onitsha Enugu Expressway. The fuel tanker burst into flames when the brake failure caused it to ram into a building in Asaba Motor Park, its tanker exploding and releasing thick black plumes of smoke into the sky. The effect of the fire was horrible - as the fire devoured anything and everything in its path. The fuel tanker, about eleven other vehicles and numerous passengers in the Asaba Motor Park were burnt beyond repair as the buses were being loaded with passengers waiting to undertake journeys to various destinations.
About 70 persons have been reported dead so far and pictures of the charred victims, vehicles and buildings left in the aftermath of the explosion abound. May their souls rest in peace. Pictures from the explosion after the cut.....
Warning: The pictures are gory and extremely graphic
The Police Force, Federal Road Safety Corps and Health Authorities are working hand in hand to evacuate the charred bodies of the fire victims from the scene of the accident.
The Governor of Anambra State - Governor Willie Obiano was at the scene of the fire/accident and wept profusely. He assured relatives of the victims and survivors of the accident that the government would be assisted in every way possible to ensure full recovery.
The Chairman of the Red Cross told the Governor that there were 30 casualties who were undergoing treatment in hospital and 70 bodies so far had been taken to various mortuaries in the town.
|Burnt/ Charred Remains of a Victim of the Fire|
|Charred remains of victims at the scene|
|Burnt Buses - the aftermath of the fire|
May the soul of the departed rest in peace.