Bantwal, Apr 19, 2016: Residents of as many as 50 houses at Soorikumeru near Kalladka were evacuated and the National Highway 75 was blocked after a fully loaded LPG tanker which was reportedly overspeeding, tumbled on the roadside at around 1 am on April 19, Tuesday. The tanker which was loaded with LPG at MRPL was heading towards Bengaluru when the mishap tookplace.
It is learnt, gas had started leaking from the tanker soon after the mishap creating panic among locals who immediately informed the loal police station and fire brigade. The Police and fire service personnel who rushed to the spot, began to repeatedly spray water to the nozzle of the gas tanker which was separated from the front portion of the vehicle, in order to check the leakage..
If some of the nearby residents left the place on their own fearing danger, some others were evacuated by the authorities to safer places.
Fire tender vehicles from seven stations including Puttur, Belthangady, Kadri and Pandeshwar had rushed to the spot.
The police blocked the traffic on the route. Vehicle heading towards Puttur from Mangaluru were sent on the Veerakambha-Anantady, Kodaje route, while vehicles proceeding towards Mangaluru were diverted through Vittal route.
Rural Station House Officer Rakshith, Vittal station house officer Devadiga and other police officials are camping at the spot.