A tanker carrying inflammable substance turned turtle resulting in a blast on Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway at Charoti naka on Saturday afternoon killing seven persons and injuring eight others.
The tanker belonging to Reliance (GJ 6 ZZ 7918) turned turtle at around 2.40 pm on the NH-8 causing damage to six vehicles and a nearby hotel. The tanker was coming to Mumbai from Gujarat.
Rajesh Pradhan, superintendent of police, Thane (rural), said that the tanker was probably ferrying diesel which spilled on the road resulting in blast. “The driver of the tanker is dead and we are trying to get in touch with the company,” said Pradhan.
Those who died in the incident are tribals living in the nearby area. Those injured are rushed to the nearby sub-divisional government hospital at Kasa.
Six vehicles damaged include two 6-seater autorickshaws, one bike, two cars and a hand cart. “the vehicles too were gutted in fire,” said Pradhan.
The impact of the blast was such that hotel Apsara too was gutted in fire.
Eight fire tenders were rushed to the spot from MIDC and Vasai-Virar municipal corporation.
The police had set up road blocks to avoid traffic problems at the incident site. The normal vehicular movement has been restored.