An accident involving a chemical tanker resulted in a blast and massive fire on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway on Sunday afternoon.
According to preliminary information, the incident took place around 2 pm when a truck rammed into the chemical tanker near Chamunda Hotel at Vadoli, Talasari on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway (NH 8).
Another private vehicle, Toyota Innova, also rammed into the truck subsequently, resulting in a pile-up.
The impact of the accident caused the chemical tanker to blow up and result in a massive blaze. The tanker is believed to be owned by Amit Roadlines.
Following the incident, the tanker, truck, Innova and another private vehicle were completely gutted in fire.
The smoke billowing from the blaze could be seen from a few kilometers.
According to sources, the truck driver lost his life in the mishap. However, an official update from the authorities on the number of casualties and the driver’s current condition is awaited.
Two fire engines and police officials have arrived on the spot. More fire engines are on the way.
The accident caused a massive traffic snarl on the busy highway, with long queues of vehicles stretching upto at least five kms.
Further details are awaited.
Update (7:30 pm): “The incident occurred near a petrol pump at Wadoli village in Palghar district adjoining Mumbai in afternoon when the tanker carrying some inflammable chemical caught fire while moving while a truck rammed into it from behind, causing an explosion,” Talasari tehsildar (revenue official) Vishal Doundkar told PTI.
Update (9 pm): Two persons were killed and three were injured in the mishap. The deceased have been identified as Ramesh Khot and Razzak Bapu Gavad who were travelling in the truck that hit the tanker from behind. The injured persons have been identified as Ajinkya Patil (29), Prachi Patil (50) and Rasika Patil (50), who were travelling in the car.
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