Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru (MS)
Mangaluru, Mar 22: The truck carrying chemical tanker to paint industry at Baikampady from Kochi got toppled at Kallapu on NH 66 on Tuesday March 21 night.
Mayur (40), driver of the truck carrying gas tanker, escaped with minor injuries. He was admitted to Father Muller hospital in the city.
The operation of removal of the truck and arresting of leakage of gas from the chemical tanker went on till 1 am on Wednesday March 22.
Fire service squad, ACP Dhanya N Nayak, south traffic police inspector Ramesh Hanapur, Ullal station officer Sandeep G S led the operation.
The whole locality around the highway was filled with foul smell of gas that was getting leaked from the tanker. BASF safety team that arrived at the spot, asked the nearby commercial complexes to put off their electricity bulbs and tubelights.
Traffic on both side of the accident spot were stopped by traffic police. Truck was first cleared from the road through two huge cranes that were supplied from BASF as well as two small cranes. Later, the chemical tanker was lifted safely and loaded onto another truck.
BASF safety officer said that the chemical that got leaked from the tanker is not lethal as it is used for manufacture of soaps. Though Ullal MLA U T Khader was in Bengaluru, he sent his PA Praveen to the spot and was receiving minute by minute updates.