Tanker carrying 44,000 litres furnace oil overturned near Nawabshah

F.P. Report

NAWABSHAH: An oil tanker carrying thousands of litres oil overturned near Karimabad in Nawabshah district on Thursday.

Sahiwal bound tanker carrying 44,000 litres of furnace oil from Karachi overturned near Karimabad, local police said.

Oil gushing out of the tanker on road, police said.

The motorway police and emergency relief agencies have reached to the spot and initiated relief operation.

A track of the National Highway has been closed for traffic due to the incident.

Due to lack of proper safety measures, the vehicles transporting combustible cargo, could become lethal in case of an accident thus causing huge losses of life and property.

An oil tanker carrying thousands of litres of fuel exploded and caught fire after overturning on Gulbai Flyover in the Shershah area of Karachi recently.

Television footage showed thick plumes of smoke rising from the vehicle after it was engulfed by a huge fire.

Fire also spread to the nearby vehicles and godown. The blaze caused by the oil spill from the tanker which later burst into pieces.

Two godowns, one container and five motorcycles were damaged in the blaze.

In June 2017, at least 140 people were killed and more than 100 others injured when an oil tanker had caught fire after overturning on National Highway near Ahmedpur Sharqia (East) in Bahawalpur.