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The traffic movement on the Pune-Mumbai Express Highway was thrown out of gear on Sunday morning for over two hours after a tanker filled with inflammable chemical overturned near Amrutanjan Point near Khandala and caught fire.
Many vehicles had to take the old highway,thus creating a traffic jam in Lonavla.
The highway police said the tanker had bumped into a stone railing,after which it overturned. The tanker,which was going towards Mumbai from Pune,caught fire immediately and as a precautionary measure,the police kept the traffic on hold for about an hour. However,the commuters had a harrowing time for a couple of hours.
Since we could not take any chance,the traffic movement had to be stopped. The incident took place around 10.30 am and within an hour,we started clearing the traffic again, a highway police said.
Another policeman from Lonavla police station said,Due to the accident,a number of vehicles took the old highway. As a result of this,the traffic flow in Lonavla suddenly increased.