Hour-long jam on e-way as truck catches fire in Gurugram
A truck caught fire on the Delhi Gurgaon Expressway opposite 32nd Avenue in Sector 15-II on Wednesday around 8.45pm. While no one was reported injured in the incident, it affected the flow of traffic on NH-48 for more than an hour.
As per fire department officials, a truck carrying daily essential items caught fire on top of an overhead flyover on the carriageway from Manesar to New Delhi.
The truck developed a snag when driver Anoop and co-passenger Chandradeo were heading to North Delhi to deliver milk, flour, beverages, groceries, to a private company.
“Fumes started coming out of the dashboard and we got down to check if the coolant had leaked. Suddenly, the front portion of the vehicle erupted in flames,” Anoop said.
As per the fire department officials, two fire tenders from Sector 29 station reached the spot within 15 minutes and doused the flames in 10 minutes.
“We were able to douse the fire quickly and prevented the flames from spreading to the middle portion of the vehicle and the fuel tank. It looked like there was a mechanical issue in the truck. The cargo did not suffer any amage,” fire officer Rajesh Kumar, who was on the spot, said.
However, with the truck occupying one lane of the six-lane carriageway, and the fire tender occupying another lane of the two-lane service road, a bottleneck developed between Rajiv Chowk and Sector 15 exit from 8.45pm-10pm.
“I had to head towards Sector 49 but got stuck on the Expressway for more than 20 minutes due to the fire. While the traffic was moving, a large number of people were slowing their vehicles to get a glimpse of the burning truck because of which the traffic was moving at a snail’s pace,” said Vivek Kumar Sinha, a resident of Tata Primanti in Sector 72.