People panic as gas leaks from overturned LPG bullet tanker

People panic as gas leaks from overturned LPG bullet tanker

Traffic blocked on NH 75 near Perne for 12 hours

An LPG bullet tanker overturned on National Highway 75 near Perne on Saturday morning, leading to gas leak, which resulted in panic among the local residents.

Fire tenders from Mangaluru and Puttur were pressed to service at the spot. As a precautionary measure, the authorities concerned blocked the movement of vehicles on the stretch for up to 12 hours.

The bullet tanker overturned at Devadar on the National Highway at 5.30 am. The people in the houses within two-kilometre radius of the spot where accident occurred were asked not to burn hearth till the leakage had been plugged.

Three tankers were pressed into service, to transfer the gas from the bullet tanker. The transfer of gas, which commenced at 9 am, continued till 6 pm. Only later were the vehicles allowed to ply on the stretch. G Thippeswamy, Dakshina Kannada district regional fire service officer, said that the leakage started due to the damage to valve of the tanker. “The leakage has been plugged,” he assured.

Following the blocking of the movement of vehicles on the stretch, all the light vehicles were forced to use the Uppinangady-Puttur-Mani stretch. All the heavy vehicles, including lorries and bullet tankers, however, remained stranded beside the road.

Legislator Shakunthala Shetty, who visited the accident spot, said that she will impress upon the chief minister and the home minister to station a fire tender of Puttur fire service at Uppinangady. “I ha-ve learnt that there is shortage of staff at the Fire Service department at Puttur. The vehicles of the Department are also old. As mishaps occur on the NH 75 frequently, there is a need to station a fire tender at Uppinangady, to help the fire tenders to reach the mishap spot immediately,” she explained.

It may be recalled that a similar tanker mishap – which had occurred at Perne on April 9, 2013, in the vicinity of Saturday’s mishap spot – had claimed 11 lives. 

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