LPG tanker overturns in RAK; gas safely transferred
The tanker filled with liquefied petroleum gas which overturned in Ras Al Khaimah early morning on Thursday. -Supplied photo
Ras Al Khaimah - The mishap was blamed on the 33-year-old tanker driver, identified only as R.K.K, according to a senior officer with the RAK police.
Residents of Gasidat area to the south of the Ras Al Khaimah city escaped a massive explosion after a tanker filled with liquefied petroleum gas overturned early on Thursday.
The mishap was blamed on the 33-year-old tanker driver, identified only as R.K.K, according to a senior officer with the RAK police.
Brigadier Ghanim Ahmed Ghanim, director-general of the central operations room of the RAK police, said the Asian driver lost control over the tanker which overturned and rested on its right side.
"The tanker filled with inflammable gas blocked the road for four hours during which the RAK police, in collaboration with authorities concerned dealt with the situation in a professional way."
The central operation room was alerted about the accident at around 5am on Thursday morning, he added. "Traffic patrols, ambulances and civil defence firefighters moved to the scene.
"The whole area was cordoned off and traffic was diverted to alternative routes taking into consideration the possibility of explosion." The LPG company was informed about the accident, and asked to send empty tankers to unload the gas as fast as possible, he elaborated.
"The tankers arrived and the whole amount of LPG was safely and professionally unloaded.
Brig Ghanim said initial investigations of the accident showed that the driver failed to tightly control the steering wheel.
"Luckily, the whole tanker load was safely shifted to other tankers, and the driver received no injuries at all," he said. The tanker was removed from the Gasidat roundabout after a four-hour blockage.