Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Brahmapur, Jan 17:
At least three persons were killed near the Chhatrapur College square on national highway no. 16 in Odisha’s Ganjam district when they came under a tanker carrying LPG which turned turtle after its driver lost control this afternoon.
The Bhubaneswar-bound LPG-laden tanker from Visakhapatnam was suspected to have met with the accident while the driver tried to save a scooterist from getting crushed and lost balance, police said.
Panic spread in the area following reports of gas leakage from the ill-fated tanker, reports said.
To avoid further accidents of fire caused due to leakage of LPG from the tanker, police has vacated the area, stopped plying of vehicles in that area and electric transmission to the locality has been switched off.
Fire tenders are constantly aiming their water jets at the ill-fated tanker to control the LPG leakage.
Superintendent of Police, Ganjam, Narsingh Bhol, said so far one body has been extricated while identity of all three victims is yet to be ascertained.
The victims were standing near a roadside betel shop when when the vehicle overturned on it, Bhol said.
Experts have been requisitioned to plug the gas leakage, reports added.
“The effect of the gas leakage would prevail for at least 12 hours. So the people have been requested not to use fire in the area for at least 12 hours,” the SP added.
The district administration has informed the gas company about the leakage.
While one technical team from Jatni near Bhubaneswar has arrived on the spot as per latest reports, another from Visakhapatnam is on its way.