3 killed as gas tanker overturns; efforts on to stop leakage

Berhampur: Three persons were killed after a gas tanker lost control and overturned near Chhatrapur College Square, about 21 km from here on Sunday.

According to sources, the incident took place in the afternoon when the gas tanker was on its way to Bhubaneswar from Berhampur.

The tanker lost control while trying to avoid an accident with a scooter and rammed into a nearby betel shop, crushed the three persons under. All three died on the spot, eyewitnesses said.

On being informed about the incident, police rushed to the spot and restricted movement of vehicles through the route as gas was leaking from the tanker. Power supply was also cut in the locality to avoid any fire accident due to the leakage of gas.

An official of the Berhampur fire station said, “We are spraying water to control LPG leakage. Besides, we have asked locals through microphone not to switch on electric equipment or ignite gas burner. Plying of vehicles is also stopped on NH 16. The situation is under control.”

Ganjam SP Narsingha Bhol, who was present at the spot, said, “Gas leakage from the tanker is being observed and our prime goal to avoid any mishap due to this. As the accident has occurred in a crowded area where shops and houses are present on both sides of the NH, we have announced through mike that within 1 km radius gas burner and cigarette lighter should not be used. Apart from this, no vehicle should ply within area. The effect of the gas leakage would prevail for at least 12 hours. So we have requested the people not to use fire in the area for at least 12 hours.”

Bhol further stated three have been killed in the gas tanker overturn case. “While body of one person has been recovered, two more bodies could be brought out after the evacuation of the tanker,” he said.

Inspector General of Police, southern range, Amitabh Thakur also rushed to the spot.

Ganjam Collector Prem Chandra Choudhury, who was monitoring the situation, said, “We have informed the HP Gas about the incident.”

While one technical team from Jatni, near Bhubaneswar rushed to the spot, another from Visakhapatnam reached the site to check the leakage of the gas.