Ganjam: Three persons, including a woman, standing near a betel shop, were killed when a gas tanker overturned and fell on them on National Highway 16 at Chhatrapur in Ganjam district on Sunday, police said.
Also, gas leakage was reported from the tanker following which police have imposed restrictions on movement of vehicles through the area, a senior police official said.
Superintendent of Police, Ganjam, Narsingh Bhol, said so far one body has been extricated while identification of all three victims is yet to be ascertained.
The Bhubaneswar-bound LPG-laden tanker from Visakhapatnam was suspected to have met with the accident when the driver tried to prevent an accident with a scooter rider, police said.
A roadside betel shop was also damaged when the vehicle fell on it, Mr. Bhol said.
The victims were standing near the shop when the accident took place, he said. “The effect of the gas leakage would prevail for at least 12 hours. So we have requested the people not to use fire in the area for at least 12 hours,” the SP added.
The district administration has informed the gas company about the leakage. While one technical team from Jatni near Bhubaneswar rushed to the spot, another from Visakhapatnam reached the site to check the leakage of the gas.