Mumbai: Traffic on the Eastern Express
Highway in the metropolis came to a halt today for nearly nine
hours after a tanker carrying highly inflammable chemical
turned turtle near suburban Ghatkopar.
The tanker was proceeding towards the Bhabha Atomic
Research Centre (BARC) in suburban Chembur when its driver
lost control over the wheels and rammed it into the divider in
the wee hours of the day, traffic police said.
Due to the impact, the tanker overturned resulting in
leak of the chemical xylene hydrochloride on the road, they
"We had to cordon off the area so that officials could
clean the road and treat the chemical. All south-bound traffic
was diverted to the Jogeshwari-Vikhroli link road and the LBS
road," Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) S S Solunkhe
Around 10,000 litres of chemical spilled on the roads
out of the total 16000 litres stored in the tanker, fire
brigade officials said.
Officials from the National Disaster Response Force
(NDRF) were also present at the spot. The tanker was removed
with the help of two cranes, they said.
"Water was showered on the road and tanker so as to stop
the increase in temperature inside. A slight spark could have
ignited a fire," Solunkhe said.
A case of rash and negligent driving has been registered
against the driver of the tanker, who has been identified as