Tragedy averted as people rushed to collect fuel from overturned tanker in Vehari


Vehari, July 9 (TNS): Another possible tragedy averted as an oil tanker Sunday turned turtle near Vehari – a town in South Punjab –  following which local people reached to collect the highly flammable fuel.

The accident occurred at Sinchawala area of Vehari when the driver lost control of the vehicle and flipped over.

Soon after the accident, people were seen using a drain to take out fuel and loading it onto drums. Thousands of litres of diesel was reported to be present inside the tanker.

There were no reports as to the whereabouts of the tanker’s driver.

Police reached the area well over an hour later, after which they dispersed the crowd and cordoned off the area.

The incident comes just two weeks after a similar incident occurred in Bahawalpur area when a fire erupted at the site of a toppled oil-tanker as scores of locals collected fuel from the vehicle’s spilled cargo. Police had failed to show up at the site of the accident.

More than 215 people have died so far in that tragedy.