A tanker driver is missing and its cleaner sustained minor injuries after the driver lost control of the vehicle causing it to plunge into the Surya river late Saturday night in Boisar. Police said effort to locate the driver was in progress.
According to the Manor police, the incident was reported at 11.30pm, a few kilometers before the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway.
Police said the driver of the tanker, Sureshkumar Ramkaran Yadav, 24, and the cleaner, Santosh Ramji Jaiswal, 24, were returning after emptying contents of the tanker at a Boisar-based unit and heading towards Chillar village when the incident occurred.
“When their vehicle reached the bridge atop the Surya River in Boisar, Yadav tried to dodge a truck approaching from the opposite side.
However, he lost control and crashed into the side rail, after which the vehicle plunged into the river,” said an official of Manor police.
The police said that when the tanker started sinking into the river, Jaiswal climbed on top of it and raised an alarm.
A local who noticed him informed the police control room.
“Two fire engines, one tanker and several personnel of the local police reached the spot and Jaiswal was pulled out.
Yadav could not be found. It is unclear if he jumped into the river, fled the spot or drowned,” said the official.
Jaiswal was taken to Manor rural hospital and was discharged after first aid as he had sustained minor injuries on his legs, waist and chest.
In Jaiswal’s statement to the police, he said Yadav was not driving under the influence of alcohol and that the accident had occurred when he tried to dodge the truck.
“We have registered a case under IPC sections 279 and 337 for rash driving and causing hurt by an act endangering life and personal safety of others,” said the official.