A tanker collided with a dumper parked by the roadside,before being hit by another dumper,which was right behind it on the Sohna Palwal Road. The dumper which rammed the tanker in the rear caught fire and its driver and cleaner,Aas Mohammad and Mobin,sustained nearly 80 per cent burns,police said.
The accident took place around 7.30 am on Sunday. The tanker carrying a chemical substance was coming from Sohna and going towards Gurgaon,said police. According to police,there was a dumper parked by the roadside. The driver of the tanker lost control and hit the dumper. The front portion of the tanker was crushed due to the impact. Seconds later,a dumper laden with stones,which was right behind the tanker,crashed into it.
As soon as the dumper rammed the tanker,it caught fire. The driver and cleaner of the dumper were trapped inside the wreckage and sustained severe burns.
Residents alerted the Fire department and police. They alleged that police and fire tenders reached the spot late.
Initially,only one fire tender from Sohna reached the spot. After police came,they called for more fire tenders. Fire personnel said six fire tenders in total were pressed into service to contain the blaze.
The tanker was carrying a chemical substance and had a capacity of 25,000 litres. The only saving grace was that though the chemical substance caught fire,the tanker did not explode. Out first priority was to douse the flames and rescue the victims, said I S Kashyap,Fire Station Officer.
Fire officials said the fire was raging that it took them four hours to douse the flames and get the tanker and other dumpers off the road to make way for traffic. After the fire was doused,around 15,000 to 16,000 litres of the chemical was still left in the tanker.
Kashyap said the victims were rushed to the Sohna hospital from where they were taken to the Civil Hospital in Gurgaon.
Their condition is reported to be critical.