Panic prevailed in Karwad village of Jhabua district on Tuesday after a tanker carrying more than 18,000 litres of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) overturned on the Thandla-Bajnawar road under Petlawad police station limits.
The gas leakage after the accident, which occurred at around 3:30 am, triggered panic among villagers who are still living in fear after Petlawad blast about two months back.
The tanker was coming from Gujarat and heading towards Ghatiya tehsil in Ujjain district, police said.
Senior administrative officials and Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) officials rushed to the spot and controlled the situation. Traffic had to be halted on the road for more than six hours resulting in long queues of vehicles on both sides of the accident spot. Traffic resumed after the leakage stopped at around 9 am, police said.
Speaking to HT, Jhabua superintendent of police Sanjay Tiwari said both the driver and cleaner fled the spot after the accident.
“As soon as Jhabua district headquarters came to know about the accident, police force along with a safety department team from Gas Authority of India Limited (GAIL) rushed to the spot and controlled the situation,” the SP said.
“It may be possible that the driver failed to negotiate a sharp curve and tanker lost balance and turned over...Now the situation is normal as all the villagers who were evacuated, sent back to their home,” the officer added.
Many villagers who were in deep sleep at the time of accident said that as the smell of the gas spread in the area they were evacuated fearing another Petlawad like incident.
Kalu Choudhary, a villager who was evacuated along with his family as a precautionary measure and taken to Petlawad, said that they felt pungent smell in the morning. “Initially we thought it could be due to household gas leakage, but the situation in the wee hours turned tense as we came to know about the incident. Police took us to the safer place,” Choudhary said.