It was tragic Friday in Owerri, Imo State capital, as a tanker laden with Diesel ran into a commercial bus heading to Douglas road, killing seven passengers onboard.

Brave Views gathered that the accident occurred at the edge of Otamiri River, Owerri at about 6pm.

Reports had it that the tanker lost control on hearing a blaring siren from a van belonging to the Nigeria Correctional Service, Owerri and veered off the road before ramming into the mini bus.

Some eye witness accounts said four passengers and the driver of the mini bus died on the spot while two other passengers that sustained serious injuries later died at the Federal Medical Centre, (FMC) Owerri.

In the meantime, Commander of Imo-Abia States of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Evans Ugoh has blamed men of the Correctional Service (prison officials) for the accident.

Ugoh who visited the scene of the accident to assess the level of damage.

He alleged that the driver of the van conveying inmates back to their office was reckless in his driving, adding that the blaring of siren and guns trotting by the armed men escorting the van, injected fearing the in the driver of the tanker, who could not no longer control himself.

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