Gas tanker develops leakage after road accident in Bhadrak

Bhadak: Panic gripped the residents of Rahanja and its surrounding areas after a bullet tanker carrying Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) developed leakage following a collision with a truck near Rahanja Chhak on National Highway-16 in Bhadrak district on Friday night.

After getting information about the incident, district administrative officials rushed to the spot. Later, they informed the officials of Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL) in Balasore.

“The Indane gas tanker was coming from Paradip when it collided with a truck at Rahanja. As the intensity of the collision was very high, gas started leaking profusely from the front valve of the tanker,” said Bhadrak District Collector, Gyana Ranjan Dash.

Soon after the mishap, vehicular movement on the NH was stopped and the nearby areas were cordoned off.

“We also alerted the people residing near the NH in Rahanja to refrain from using any inflammable items to avoid any fire mishap,” added Dash.

Later, an engineering team of IOCL along with a rescue team reached the spot and launched an operation to control the leakage. The fire tender units from Bhadrak and an ODRAF team were also called to carry out the rescue operation.

Chief Plan Manager at Balasore IOCL Subrat Kumar Sahoo informed, “The tanker was going to Bokaro from Paradip when it met with the accident at around 7 pm. We immediately rushed to the spot with emergency response vehicle, rescue team and some other officers of the company.”

“We initially tried to mend the spot on the tanker from where the gas was leaking. However, we could not stop it and later we shifted the gas to another tanker with the help of rescue team,” added Sahoo.

As per latest reports, traffic movement was restored on the NH after the gas tanker was removed with the help of a crane.