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Oil tanker turns turtle, bursts into flames in Karachi

April 10, 2019
 

A fire broke out after an oil tanker overturned and exploded in Sher Shah’s Gul Bai Flyover in Karachi Wednesday morning.

Fire ripped through the surrounding vehicles, godown, while sirens and smoke filled the air. The smoke could be seen billowing from the site of the crash from as far as II Chundrigar Road. Five fire brigade vehicles are currently at the scene to extinguish the blaze.

So far, no casualties have been reported. The blaze spread because of the oil spill onto the streets as the tanker burst into two pieces.

The oil tanker reportedly overturned as the driver attempted to overtake a container.

Two years ago, more than 200 people were killed when an oil tanker overturned and exploded in a devastating inferno in Ahmedpur Sharkiya.

Related: Ahmedpur Sharkiya tragedy: Oil firm ordered to pay $2.4 mln

The tanker contracted by Royal Dutch Shell’s local subsidiary crashed on a main highway in central Punjab province while carrying some 50,000 litres of fuel from Karachi to Lahore on June 25.

It exploded minutes later, sending a fireball through crowds from a nearby village who had gathered to scavenge for the spilled fuel, despite warnings by the driver and police to stay away.

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6 Comments

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    Unknown   April 10, 2019 12:31 pm/ Reply

    The long vehicles should not be allowed on the roads till midnight..The traffic authorities should take a strict step in monitoring the traffic esp the buses, trailers which are being driven recklessly..A major issue which is not taken seriously risking the lives of the many innocent citizens..

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    Shah bano   April 10, 2019 12:31 pm/ Reply

    The long vehicles should not be allowed on the roads till midnight..The traffic authorities should take a strict step in monitoring the traffic esp the buses, trailers which are being driven recklessly..A major issue which is not taken seriously risking the lives of the many innocent citizens..

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    Shah bano fizza   April 10, 2019 12:32 pm/ Reply

    The long vehicles should not be allowed on the roads till midnight..The traffic authorities should take a strict step in monitoring the traffic esp the buses, trailers which are being driven recklessly..A major issue which is not taken seriously risking the lives of the many innocent citizens..

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    Sarfaraz   April 10, 2019 3:16 pm/ Reply

    if heavy vehicles time to operate is 12am then how this truck was on mid city road ?
    this is the irresponsibility of traffic authorities.

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    Ayaz   April 10, 2019 4:58 pm/ Reply

    It clearly proved that the police bribery is on the peak ..heavy truks mafia paid them huge money as bribes..

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    Anonymous   April 10, 2019 11:05 pm/ Reply

    The situation demands early and strict measures in order to save precious lives of people. Trucks and trollers are freely allowed in Port area and squeezed in Keamari.

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