Rahim Yar Khan (July 13, 2017): Yet another oil tanker turned turtle on National Highway close to Kachi Muhammad Khan area here. The tanker was loaded with 40,000 litres of which over 10,000 litres seeped from it.
The Motorway Police cordoned off the entire area and closed the National Highway for all kinds of traffic and diverted it to alternate route.
The tanker was on its way to Multan from Karachi.
The tanker was owned by PSO.
The timely action by Motorway Police helped avert what otherwise could had been a major disaster.
Sources attributed the incdent to driver of the tanker falling asleep behind the steering wheel.
The overturning of oil tankers has become somewhat a routine: Just two days ago on July 11 a tanker carrying 40,000 litres furnace turned turtle near Babbarlo by-pass on Nantional Highway near Sukkur. The tanker was carrying the inflammable cargo to Kot Addu Power plant from Karachi.
On July 9, tanker loaded with highly inflammable motor fuel overturned in Burewala Road in Melsi near Vehari. A large number of people gathered at the scene of accident with whatever utensils they could find to fill drums with the highly inflammable diesel fuel.
On July 8, an oil tanker carrying over 50 thousands litres of diesel was overturned on Motorway near Hyderabad. The oil tanker was on its way to Moro from Karachi overturned on Motorway at Chari area some 32 kilometers off Hyderabad. The driver, who was severely injured and consequently taken to the hospital, reported to be drowsy caused the tanker to veer off from the Karachi-Hyderabad route and crash.
On June 25 an oil tanker overturned in Ahmedpur Sharqia near Bhawalpur and burst into flames as hundreds of poor local residents were collecting the highly inflammable oil. The death toll kept rising till it hit the 214 figure on July 5.