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Gas leak from tanker sparks panic in Zirakpur

According to police officials, the people present in the area complained of breathing problems and irritation in eyes.

By: Express News Service | Chandigarh |
August 28, 2016 3:03:31 am
People present in the area complained of breathing problems and irritation in eyes.  Express Photo People present in the area complained of breathing problems and irritation in eyes. Express Photo

LEAKAGE OF a poisonous gas from a moving tanker on Zirakpur-Patiala highway Saturday triggered panic among commuters and residents of the area. One youth, who inhaled the gas, was rushed to the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 (GMCH-32) hospital for treatment.

According to police officials, the gas leakage, which occurred around 2:30 pm, triggered panic in the area and the people present in the area complained of breathing problems and irritation in eyes. People in the area said the impact of the gas remained for more than one hour.

Soon after the incident, a fire tender was also called to the area and police personnel also reached. The fire officials poured water on the roads to clear poisonous substances from the road.

Police said that the driver of the tanker fled from the area. Police have registered a case against the unidentified driver and have started investigations. No arrest has been made yet.

According to the police, a tanker, which was containing chemical was on way towards Rajpura. “After it crossed Patiala chowk, the gas, in the form of liquid, started leaking,” said a police officer, adding it was the locals who informed the police about the incident.

“I had trouble breathing,” said Manjot Singh, a Zirakpur resident who was present in the area. “There was also irritation in my eyes.”

Manjot Singh said a Punjab Roadways bus that was behind the tanker was stopped after the passengers complained about breathing problems and irritation in eyes.

Inspector Tarlochan Singh, station house officer (SHO) Zirakpur police station said they were investigating the case. “The truck could not be traced. A probe is on,” said the SHO.

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