A day after a speeding tanker lost control and overturned,killing one person and injuring 14,police on Tuesday said several eyewitnesses have confirmed rash driving on part of deceased driver Vijayendra Pandey. The bridge on which the accident occurred was thrown open for vehicular traffic on Monday night,after a 20-hour operation by the local police station,traffic police and fire brigade.
The tanker,filled with 18 tonnes of LPG,overturned on Sion-Panvel Road around 1:40 am on Monday. The trailer separated from the cabin and plunged into a ditch around 25 feet below. As a result,the leaking LPG came into contact with sparks emanating from the wrecked cabin and triggered an explosion that killed the driver Vijayendra Pandey. Incidentally,Pandey had managed to scramble to safety after the accident but the explosion occurred when he went back to retrieve his cellphone.
We have found some eyewitnesses who have told us that the tanker was speeding. As it climbed the flyover,the driver veered to the right at the same speed,which caused the trailer to hit some short pillars lining the flyover. The impact threw the tanker out of control, said inspector M S Suryavansi,Govandi police station. Suryavanshi added that Pandey had been booked posthumously for causing death,injury and endangering life due to rash and negligent driving.
Eight fire tenders and nine water tankers were sent to the spot. Chief fire officer Suhas Joshi said,We had to keep refilling our tankers from a nearby well to keep the cooling process continuous. The objective was to keep the temperature under control till all the gas had burnt out through the vents.