Sensation prevails as a fuel-laden oil tanker turned turtle on the National Highway 31 at Shamukmari area under Manikpur Police Station in Bongaigaon district on Sunday.
The mishap took place while the Bongaigaon-bound oil tanker with the registration number AS 26-C-2990 was carrying fuel of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).
Immediately after the incident, a large number of people of the area gathered at the spot of the incident along with containers to collect fuel from the truck.
Observing that the vehicle had limited oil, the locals have alleged that the driver of the oil tanker might have intentionally caused the mishap after illegally selling the fuels of the tanker.
However, the driver was also injured in the mishap.
The driver was immediately admitted to the hospital for treatment.
According to information, a team of Manikpur Police Station immediately rushed to the spot.
A conscious section of the people have demanded the authorities concerned to evacuate the spot of incident immediately and move the gathering away from the fuel-laden tanker so that no person is injured due to possible accidental fire.
It may be mentioned that on March 29, 2017, three persons, including a woman, were killed when an oil tanker turned turtle and exploded on NH-37 near Jakhalabandha in Nagaon district of Assam.
According to media reports, the driver of the oil tanker, bound for Guwahati from Upper Assam, reportedly lost control over steering and the vehicle overturned at Baghjaan.
The tanker exploded resulting in a devastating fire which led to the death of three persons, including the driver and his associate, on the spot.
At least four houses near the highway and two vehicles were gutted in the fire. In the incident, a woman died after her house caught fire.