Zirakpur: Panic gripped commuters and shopkeepers at Zirakpur after poisonous chemical leaked from tanker on Zirakpur- Patiala highway(NH 64) on Saturday afternoon. As a result people of the area suffered breathing problem and irritation in eyes. A youngster was rushed to GMCH-32, Chandigarh after his health deteriorated. However, driver along with tanker, fled from the scene but the impact of poisonous chemical remained in the air for over one hour. This resulted in a jam like situation on the busy highway.
According to information, chemical tanker was on its way to Rajpura. As it crossed Patiala chowk in Zirakpur, chemical started leaking from the tanker due to big potholes on the road till Lucky Dhaba. Due to which passersby’s, passengers and shopkeepers along the stretch started came out in the open as they failed to understand the exact cause.
Kunal, who was behind the tanker in his car, said that chemical in form of liquid leaked from tanker and turned white after it fell on the road. He suddenly realised problem in breathing and stopped the car. Similarly, passengers in Punjab roadways bus which was also following tanker suffered from respiratory problem and suddenly got off the bus in panic.
Cops stationed at Patiala chowk failed to understand how to tackle the problem. They informed Derabassi fire brigade besides Pollution Board Department.
The fire tender which reached the spot kept on pouring water on Kunal’s car, assuming it a source of chemical or gas leakage. Later, they came to understand that chemical leaked from a tanker which fled from the spot towards Rajpura.
In order to contain spread of chemical, the entire stretch of road was washed with water. The aftermath of chemical were felt even after one hour in the affected area.
Traffic in-charge Gurvinder Sidhu said that one person has been shifted from JP hospital, Zirakpur to GMCH-32 , Chandigarh after his condition deteriorated, following the leakage of chemical. Zirakpur SHO Tarlochan Singh said police has started investigations after registering a case against driver of unknown tanker.
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