Kasaragod: The heavy traffic on the Mangaluru-Cherkala stretch of the national highway 66, went into disarray since the early hours of Thursday, Dec 10, after a mishap.
As the rear tyre of a gas-laden tanker from Mangaluru on its way to Kannur burst, the driver lost control over it. It rolled to a side and blocked the highway at Nayammaramoole on the outskirts around 5-30 am. There was every fear of a gas leakage. Driver Tyagaraj and cleaner Nigatan escaped with minor injuries.
On receiving information, Kasaragod deputy commissioner P S Muhammed Sagheer, superintendent of police Dr A Srinivas, MLA N A Nellikunnu and other officials rushed to the spot and studied the situation. Safety and hazard control measures were taken by the police and the fire brigade.
A team of experts arrived from Mangaluru to ensure that there was no leakage from the storage of the tanker.
In the interest of safety, vehicles from Mangaluru direction towards Kanhangad were diverted at Kumbla towards Badiadka-Cherkala road, those plying from Vidyanagar sent through Alamapady, Manya, Cherkala route, those arriving from Kanhangad ent via Chattanchal-Deli road and those coming from Vittal and Perla were diverted toward Badiadka-Seetangoli-Vidyanagar routes.