Saturday, 6 April 2013

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Nigeria: 80 dead in Edo, Anambra states crashes

Over 80 passengers lost their lives in separate auto accidents in Edo and Anambra states on Friday.

The Edo accident involved a trailer belonging to Dangote Industries, a petrol tanker marked GA 71 XA and a fully loaded luxury bus.

 According to PUNCH Nigeria.

It happened at about 1pm on the Benin-Sagamu Expressway around Ugbogui, in Ovia South West Local Government Area of the state.

Sources at the scene reported that the trailer driver lost control after one of its tyres burst. He consequently rammed into the stationery tanker and luxury bus; the impact was followed by a huge ball of fire.

Source, however, did not say where the luxury bus that had over 60 of its  passengers killed was heading to or coming from.

source added, “Three people were rescued, and we estimate that over 60 persons died. Three others in the trailer died. As I speak, the whole place is blocked; fire fighters cannot even access the area.

“The whole place is still burning. The Dangote vehicle had a flat tyre.

It hit the petrol tanker, fell and hit the luxury bus.”

It was learnt that the fire spread to a nearby mechanic workshop where eight other vehicles were burnt. A nearby local market was also burnt.

As at the time of filing this report, rescue activities were still ongoing and the actual casualty figure was yet to be ascertained.

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