The incident which occurred at about 4p.m., took place at the same Upper Iweka spot where a petrol tanker fire roasted over 50 persons (Onitsha tanker fire) in May, 2015.
According to an eye-witness, the tanker laden with kerosene was coming from the direction of Enugu to Onitsha when the driver lost control, skidded off the road and crashed at a nearby motor park at Upper Iweka axis.
It was gathered that the tanker also crushed goods and wares worth millions of naira, after which the driver disappeared from the scene as angry mobs gathered to set the vehicle and himself ablaze.
The State Chairman of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, NRCS, Prof. Peter Katchy who confirmed the incident to newsmen at the scene, disclosed that the bodies of the seven deceased persons had been deposited at a hospital morgue, while the three persons who sustained serious injuries were rushed to Pieta Specialist Hospital and Toronto Hospital.
Katchy added that one of the dead persons in his 30 lost his head completely and was lying headless at the compound of the hospital.
A visit to the Toronto Hospital showed that most of the dead persons have been deposited in the hospital morgue while the headless body of the young man of about 30 years was still lying .
Doctors at the Toronto Hospital were seen battling to save the lives of the survivors.