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17 June 2008 :: 14:06:15 pm 11152

NGV Tanker Overturns Near Chonburi But Promt Action Prevents A Disaster

An NGV tanker overturned on a curve of the Bangna-Trad section of Sukhumvit Road on June 16, 2008, trying to avoid a motorbike. The gas began leaking out of the truck, causing panic among the locals, but, luckily, fire engines sent to the incident prevented an explosion and consequent loss of life.
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At 8 am on June 16, Pol.Lt. Nithis Thongdee, Chonbuti, received a report that a white Volvo tanker en route from Rayong to Panas Nikom had overturned, inbound to Chonburi, and there was a heavy gas leak. The traffic was halted immediately to prevent a blast ignition. After notification, a rescue team and 5 fire engines rushed to the incident to attempt to avert a potential disaster.

Apparently Mr. Somkuan Graipol (40), a tanker driver of the S.C. Company, Bangkok, was finishing his deliveries with approximately 900 lbs of gas remaining in the tank. Heading towards Chonburi Santisuk, Bypass PTT sub-station, Mr. Somkuan attempted to avoid a collision with motorbike which had strayed too close to the left hand side of the tanker, but lost control and overturned. The gas remaining in the tank began to leak out and spread around the immediate vicinity. Fortunately, no sparks were present and ignition and consequent explosion were avoided. The fire brigade, when it arrived, poured water on the tank to cool it until the tank was empty.

Mr. Komsan Ekachai, Chonburi Deputy Mayor, also rushed to the incident and consulted with two officials from the PTT Company, about the immediate danger. They reassured Mr. Komsan that unlike cooking gas which is heavier, with a lower ignition point, is NGV is light and will usually vaporize quickly, thus presenting less of a hazard. The three also agreed that driving practices should be tightened up to help prevent a recurrence in the future.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Crime News

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