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Pattaya Daily News

23 March 2012 :: 12:03:50 pm 62734

Pattanakarn Road closed as gas tanker hits bridge, bursts into flame

BANGKOK, March 23 -- A speeding tanker truck carrying 4,000 litres of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) lost balance on a Pattanakarn Road bridge, flipped on its side and burst into flame as the volatile gas leaked from its ruptured tanks.
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Over 10 fire engines rushed to the scene. Fire emergency workers brought the fire under control, reducing the likelihood of its spreading, by hosing the site, but the gas-fed fire in the truck continues.

Happening at about 5.45am today, a series of explosions erupted from the six-wheel Siam Gas tanker which hit the bridge rail on Pattanakarn Road between Sois 20 and 22, and caught fire, causing a series of explosions.

Nearby residents have evacuated in fear that their houses might catch fire.

Seven or eight houses were slightly damaged, windows were broken by the blasts, and one man was burned and sent to hospital.

Firemen were unable to close the gas valves to halt the flames, but said the maximum load of 4,000 litres of gas carried by the tanker would disperse naturally until the tank was empty and fire would eventually stop.

Pattanakarn Road is closed to all traffic, inbound and outbound, for two kilometres, causing a heavy traffic jam during the morning rush hour.

Police investigating the accident quoted witnesses saying the driver was speeding and lost control.

Report by : MCOT

Category : Thailand News

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