The Indian Oil Corporation Limited on Tuesday announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the families of nine persons killed when an LPG tanker went up in flames after colliding with a car near Kollam.
"Normally, IOCL does not provide compensation for loss of life and property in such road accidents. However, considering the special nature of the accident and the fact that there was loss of life, injuries and loss of property due to burning of the LPG, it has been decided to give Rs five lakh each to the families of the deceased," a company release in Chennai said.
Depending on the nature of injury, compensation of Rs 25,0000 to Rs 50,000 would also be given to those injured in the mishap that took place on December 31 last, it said.
For loss of property, a sum of Rs 50 lakh would be placed at the disposal of the Kerala government to be appropriately provided as compensation, the release added.
The tanker, carrying 19 tons of LPG, collided with a car and virtually turned into an inferno within a few minutes, engulfing some shops, a police jeep and several motorcycles parked on the roadside before it was contained after a seven-hour effort.
The deceased and the injured were mostly local people, police and fire service personnel who had tried to put off the fire.
The Kerala government had also announced a compensation of Rs five lakh each to the families of the deceased.