Tragedy occurred on the Umulogho, Umuahia /Owerri Highway in Imo State as an ambulance conveying a corpse from a town known as Dikenta, Avutu Obowo Local Government Council of the state was gutted by fire and burnt to ashes.
Witnesses said the incident occurred when fuel which dropped from the tapof the fuel tank dropped on the surface of the hot tarred road as the ambulance was conveying the corpse to a morgue.
It was learnt that the woman who had died after a brief illness was being taken to a morgue when the ambulance caught fire from the rear.
Residents who heard about the incident were thrown into confusion as they described the incident as a double tragedy for the family of the woman whose corpse was being conveyed to the morgue.
Another source who spoke on condition of anonymity linked the incident to a spiritual issue, alleging that the ambulance caught fire because the woman had earlier warned that her corpse should not be taken to the hospital.