Tanker with 17 tonne LPG topples, lies there 24 hours

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A tanker carrying 17 tonnes of Liquified Petroleum Gas (LPG) that toppled near DSK Toyota showroom near Pashan on the Mumbai- Bangalore highway on Thursday remained in the same position for over 24 hours. This, despite the police, Bharat Petroleum(BP) officials and the fire brigade squad reaching the spot within a short time after the accident. The tanker that overturned at 11 am on Thursday was lifted only at 1.30 pm on Friday. BP officials said the reason for the delay was that no crane service in the city was willing to cooperate citing the danger of explosion. Thankfully, there was no leakage and the tanker was safely mounted on another chassis.

The BP officials who rushed to the spot from the nearest LPG Station worked overnight to detect leakage and the need to shift the gas into another cylinder. "We called up crane services in the city but they all refused to come as there was a danger of explosion. We were here for the whole night but it was only by 9 am on Friday that three cranes agreed to come to the location. The taker was lifted and brought on the road after struggling for over four hours after that," said Nitin Mahatme, deputy manager, Operations, Shikrapur LPG Plant, BP.

"The tanker toppled at 11 am on Thursday as the driver lost control. We rushed to the spot within half an hour. We had been conducting cooling operations by spraying water as well as sealing the cracks with adhesives. Thankfully there was no leakage," said S B Jilhewar, head, Aundh Fire Station.

Pradeep Kamble, an eyewitness who works as a driver with R Systems, a company with offices close to the place where the tanker toppled, was driving behind the tanker. "Just as I was about to overtake the tanker, the driver lost control and the taker toppled and went onto the service road. The driver who was hurt on hand and face jumped and ran off," Kulkarni said.

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