In a tragic incident, 10 people were charred to death and 12 others injured when a gas tanker caught fire and exploded on the Delhi-Jaipur highway near Beelpur village, 35 kms from Jaipur, late on Saturday night.
Jaipur Collector and District Magistrate Krishna Kunal, who was supervising the rescue operation, said that a tanker carrying inflammable gas (Butadiene) was hit by another truck loaded with bikes from the rear end and caught fire after gas leaked.
The gas tanker exploded immediately with splinters hitting seven other vehicles passing through the spot, the Collector added.
The bikes loaded in the truck were also destroyed by fire, he said, adding the gas tanker’s driver perhaps managed to escape from the place of the incident.
Splinters from the exploded gas tanker also hit a temple and a shop, he said, adding, the cracks were observed in the temple and shop but no one was affected. The accident caused a huge traffic jam on the national highway which was cleared in the morning.
Out of the ten killed, three have been identified as Dakshul (6), Radhamohan (40) and Vinod (37), SP, Jaipur (Rural) Nitin Deep said.
The cause of the fire is still not clear, he said. An FIR has been filed in the case.