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4 People Burnt To Death In An Oil Tanker Explosion In Odisha

Oil tanker tips and explodes killing four and leaving another fatally injured, in Odisha.

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As per police reports on Saturday, an oil tanker explosion has left four dead and another seriously injured as it fell off a bridge in Odisha's Nayagarh district, 


The oil tanker was on its way from Paradip to Sambalpur when it hit the Bada Pandusara bridge’s crash barrier as the driver lost control over the vehicle. It fell off the bridge over the river Kusumi. The incident took place at around 1.45 am, the police said. The tanker exploded a little while after it fell from the bridge, they added.


The deceased persons were identified as driver Sameer Nayak, helper Pankaj Nayak, Dipu Khatua, and Chandan Khatua (two local people who had gone to rescue them). Another man also suffered serious injuries. He was rushed to Nayagarh district headquarters hospital. Later, he was shifted to Bhubaneswar after his condition deteriorated. Police and fire service personnel rushed to the spot and started a rescue operation with the help of the local people.


In a separate road incident in the Keonjhar district, 30 passengers of a bus had a narrow escape when it accidentally caught fire at Kanjipani Ghat early Saturday morning. However, there were no injuries as the passengers were safely evacuated from the bus, police said. The bus was on its way to Keonjhar from Rourkela when it caught fire at around 3 am near Kanjipani Ghat, police said, adding that the driver took prompt action and asked the passengers to get down from the vehicle after he detected smoke.

While the bus was completely gutted in the incident, the passengers were safely boarded on another bus, police said. 

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