Mangaluru, September 3, 2015: The tanker tragedy at Bargi village of Kumta taluk on Tuesday has claimed two more lives on Thursday taking the toll in the case to five.
The deceased are identified as Shakila Gangadhara Haritantra and Srikanth Patagar. According to hospital sources other four patients are still in critical condition.
Nagaveni Jattu Patagar, who was the first victim of the disaster was died on Tuesday. Nagaveni’s daughetr Jayashree and Jayashree’s Son Bharath was died on Wednesday. The condition of other five patients including the driver of the tanker is stable and two patients were shifted to the ward.
The incident that occurred near Kumta in Uttara Kannada district on Tuesday around 5.30am, a bullet tanker loaded with liquefied petroleum gas toppled on the main road. The accident occurred when the driver of the gas tanker lost control while overtaking a vehicle near Bargi. The gas from the tanker leaked and caught fire.
When the gas stove in one of the houses was lit, there was a huge fire which spread to houses in the area, injuring several residents critically.Around 12 houses have been badly damaged in the incident. Police have cordoned off the area and sent people to safer places. Paddy crops and trees in a radius of 300 metres of the accident spot were completely burnt.