RAHIM YAR KHAN: An oil tanker carrying 40 thousand liters of fuel overturned on the National Highway in the vicinity of Rahim Yar Khan district on Thursday morning, ARY News reported.
Motorway police said the oil tanker careened off the highway and into the nearby area in Rahim Yar Khan after its driver fell asleep at the wheel. As a result, fuel began to spill out of the oil tanker.
Learning about the incident, the personnel of the motorway police arrived at the site and cordoned off the area to avoid any untoward incident.
Recent Bahawalpur inferno which had devoured more than 200 lives after an oil tanker overturned in Ahmadpur Sharqia lifted lid on worrying reality of violations on the part of transporters of highly inflammable chemicals which may lead to such deadly incidents.
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The tragic incident of oil tanker blast, which claimed over 200 lives, took place a day before Eid-ul-Fitr on June 25 after oil container carrying gasoline for the company rolled over causing fuel leakage.
The Oil and Gas Regulatory Authority (OGRA) held Shell Pakistan Ltd (SPL) responsible for the inferno and imposed Rs10 million on it and ordered it to pay Rs1 million each to the families of the deceased and Rs 500,000 each to those injured in the incident.