Chembur: 2 killed in fuel tanker explosion

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: May 19, 2015 22:29 IST

Two people, including a minor, were killed after the tank of a fuel truck exploded at Chembur on Tuesday morning.

According to the RCF police, the incident took place at Om Sai Service Centre on LU Gadkari Marg around 10am. The explosion also led to power cuts in the areas, as the metal pieces damaged the phase conductors of a Tata Power feeder.

The victims have been identified as Shakeel Khan, 18, a resident of Mahul Road, and the cleaner of the truck, Manish Rajesh Patel, 14, a resident of Vashi naka.

The vehicle, used for ferrying petroleum products, had been taken to the garage for welding work. However, the fuel tank was not opened and a spark resulted in an explosion.

“As the tank was closed, there was gas build-up,” said Sangramsinh Nishandar, deputy commissioner of police, zone 6.

The metal pieces injured Khan, the welder, and Patel. Both died on the spot, the police said.

The police said lack of precautions led to the accident and have registered a negligence case against the owner of the garage, Mishra.

A Tata Power spokesperson said, “The blast threw a major portion of the rear side of the tank towards the Tata Power feeder, where phase conductors have been heavily damaged….Repair work has been undertaken. The damaged portions of the phase conductors will be replaced.”

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