10 die as tanker explodes on highway

Jaipur, Dec 14:

At least 10 people were killed when a tanker carrying chemicals caught fire and exploded after a collision with a truck packed with motorcycles, police said Sunday.

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The Saturday night incident near Chandwaji, over 40 km from here, led to the closure of the Delhi-Jaipur highway until 7 a.m. Sunday.

Twelve people were injured and admitted to the NIMS Hospital where two of them were stated to be in critical condition.

“The chemical tanker overturned, caught fire and exploded,” a police officer told IANS. Three people died instantly.

“The explosion and fire were so severe that five other vehicles, including a car on the other side of road, also caught fire,” he added.

“We had to close the traffic on the Jaipur-Delhi highway till 7 in the morning.” After hours of diversion, traffic has been restored on the highway.


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