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Panic grips Zirakpur area as chemical leaks from tanker

Panic gripped the Zirakpur area on Saturday afternoon as passengers and local shopkeepers complained of nausea and burns in their bodies following chemical leakage from a tanker.

punjab Updated: Aug 28, 2016 11:15 IST
HT Correspondent
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People with their faces covered after the chemical leak.(HT Photo)

Panic gripped the Zirakpur area on Saturday afternoon as passengers and local shopkeepers complained of nausea and burns in their bodies following chemical leakage from a tanker.

At least three people fainted while one had to be admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.

The incident took place near Lucky Dhaba on the road leading to Patiala when a tanker carrying chemical going to the Patiala side started leaking. It took nearly two hours for the authorities to bring the situation under control.

More than 50 people felt dizzy of whom three fainted on the spot, reports said. Passengers of nearly 50 vehicles, including buses, cars and motorcycles, besides nearby shopkeepers in the area up to 1 kilometre from the spot were affected.

Eyewitnesses said the traffic slowed down as the tanker stopped after the leakage. While commuters felt headache and congestion in their eyes and throats, some even started vomiting. Many motorists parked their vehicles on the roadside and covered their faces to avoid inhaling of chemical vapours.

FIRE BRIGADE, POLICE CONTROL SITUATION

Firemen washing the road in Zirakpur on Saturday. (HT Photo)

Shopkeepers informed the police following which the fire brigade and police reached the spot and brought the situation under control. Passengers travelling in a Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus that was right behind the tanker were the worst-hit. Feeling uneasy, the driver parked the vehicle on the roadside and asked the passengers to come out of the bus.

Paramjit Kaur, a passenger, said, “I felt irritation in my eyes and headache. I had difficulty in breathing also. Somebody gave me water.” Prabhjot Singh, another passenger, said, “The effect of the chemical was such that three women fell unconscious after they stepped out of the bus. A major tragedy was averted as our driver was about to collapse while he was still behind the wheel.”

It took more than an hour for three tenders to wash the chemical from the road.

Zirakpur station house officer (SHO) Tarlochan Singh said, “We have registered a case under section 269 of the Indian Penal Code against the unidentified tanker driver. Teams were sent to nab him. It is yet to be established which chemical the tanker was carrying.”

PRTC bus passengers worst-hit

About 50 passengers travelling in a Punjab Roadways Transport Corporation (PRTC) bus that was right behind the tanker were the worst-hit. Feeling uneasy, the driver parked the vehicle on the roadside Passengers started vomiting and complained of headache while three fell unconscious. One was rushed to hospital from where he was referred to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32

Tanker driver flees, booked

The police booked the unidentified tanker driver who fled from the spot with his vehicle to the Banur side. A case was lodged under section 269 of the Indian Penal Code against the driver. Teams were sent to nab him.