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TRAGEDY: 7 Killed As Petrol-Tanker, Trailers Crash In Onitsha

7 persons were crushed to death at the Upper Iweka axis in Onitsha when a petrol tanker, a truck belonging to Dangote Group and another carrying 40 feet container crashed in the city.

Saturday Sun gathered that the first tanker lorry with registration number, XG 613 AKR had failed brake opposite the Toronto hospital along Onitsha-Asaba Expressway, crushing people especially motorists along the ever busy Upper Iweka area.

However as the men of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC were still busy evacuating the bodies, a trailer lorry carrying a 40 feet container with registration number XA353 GGU and another trailer carrying Dangote Cement also had failed brakes and crushed other road users.

The first incident claimed the lives of two men and a woman who were on their way home after the day’s job while the second and third incidents claimed the lives of a commercial motorcyclist and his passengers whose bodies were mauled beyond recognition.

Narrating his experience, a survivor of the second accident in a vehicle with registration number DL486ENU who pleaded anonymity said his escape was miraculous since the trailers lost brakes and were busy crushing their victims from the Toronto hospital to the foot of the Upper Iweka fly-over.

I was coming back from my office, am a lawyer, when I got to Upper Iweka, I saw a terrible traffic gridlock, I was told that a tanker lorry failed brake and crushed people at the area. 

I also noticed that vehicles were parked along the road, suddenly as I was still at the traffic gridlock, I heard frightening sound, before I could know what was happening, two trailers carrying container and cement had lost brakes and started crushing people. 

I could not jump out of my car because I was like a person glued until I heard a great bang and I thought I was dead, it was people that came and brought me out, but up till now, I can’t really say what happened to me but everybody that saw me come out of the car told me to thank my God”.

Another eyewitness who gave his name as Dozie Okonkwo, a bus conductor said that the only woman that died in the incident was a daily money collector who had closed for the day and was on her way back to her home at Old Road, Onitsha.

“She came to enter our bus, I told her that the price was N70, she jumped out because she wanted a cheaper one. 

Not quite long, the incident happened. When we rushed there, she was already crushed, her body was already crushed, it was only her cloth that some people used to recognize her, her flesh was scattered all over the place.

However the first tanker lorry was said to be coming from a filling station where it had dispensed its product in the commercial city of Onitsha and was on its way to Port Harcourt when the driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle, skidded off the road and crushed people.

The Onitsha Unit Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Mr. Anthony Meta could not comment on the incident as he refused to pick his calls. An officer who did not want his name in print confirmed the incident and said he personally led his team to deposit the bodies of the victims in the mortuary and took the injured persons to Toronto Hospital for medical attention.



  1. Dat Igbo boy

    July 13, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Kedu ife aga eme Dangote? What is all these temperamental brake-systems? Its time for real tough action.I kno how those tankers/trucks bulldoze thru dat very busy road .

  2. ExoticEyez MiMi

    July 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Really sad tale thank God for those that survived and may the souls of the departed find rest in the bosom of the Almighty.

  3. Anonymous

    July 13, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    I'd comment on this under anonymous but the truth is Dangote needs blood to make more money. C'mmon people haven't you realised this? Open your eyes people.

  4. Austin Uche

    July 14, 2013 at 12:00 am

    how sad… Smh… May their souls rest in peace… *sad much*

  5. Anwuli Oputa

    July 14, 2013 at 1:03 am

    So sad may their souls rest in peace.

  6. Dannychuks..

    July 14, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Really a sad one…its very unfortunate they didn't see it coming. May their soul rest in peace.


    July 14, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Sin gives death all its hurtful power. The sting of death is sin; but Christ by dying has taken out this sting; he has made atonement for sin he has obtained remission of it. The strength of sin is the law. None can answer its demands endure its curse or do away his own transgressions. Hence terror and anguish. And hence death is terrible to the unbelieving and the impenitent. Death may seize a believer but it cannot hold him in its power. How many springs of joy to the saints and of thanksgiving to God are opened by the death and resurrection the sufferings and conquests of the Redeemer! We have an exhortation that believers should be stedfast firm in the faith of that gospel which the apostle preached and they received. Also to be unmovable in their hope and expectation of this great privilege of being raised incorruptible and immortal. And to abound in the work of the Lord always doing the Lord's service and obeying the Lord's commands. May Christ give us faith and increase our faith that we may not only be safe but joyful and triumphant.

    May the souls of the departed rest in peace including the soul of 31-year-old actor Cory Monteith star of TV show 'Glee'- who played Finn Hudson on the hit FOX series.

    Please no more swearing o! lol!

  8. Al Ameen Nigeria

    July 14, 2013 at 10:15 am

    So so sad ………. May the departed souls rest in perfect peace.


  9. Maggie

    July 14, 2013 at 10:17 am

    OMG!! So my Finn is dead? Is a lie! *sad face*

  10. Frank Talk

    July 15, 2013 at 11:50 am

    This is what cowards do when you want to say your mind you go anonymous. Grow up and grow and grow a pair.

  11. kingsley kainebi

    July 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    U see that particular place has taking many lifes I all most ran into the first lorry thank God for his love bcos its all happen befor my face..I think what we should do is to remove the bus stop there.

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