Six dead, 100 injured in ammonia gas tanker leak in Punjab

Ludhiana (PTI): At least six persons were killed and around 100 others were injured when an ammonia gas tanker leaked early today in the district, police said.

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The leak occurred when the tanker got stuck under a flyover on the Doraha Bypass Road along a canal, about 25 kms from here, they said.

Six persons died due to inhaling of the gas, Doraha Police Station’s SHO Rajnish Kumar Sood said, adding, the bodies have been shifted to a hospital in Ludhiana.

He said that around 100 other persons complained of breathing problem due to inhaling of the gas. The residents came out of their houses when the gas from the leaking tanker spread in and around Doraha, police said.

The affected people have been admitted to different hospitals in Doraha, Khanna and Ludhiana, the SHO said.

The tanker, bearing registration number of Gujarat was going from Ludhiana side, the police said.

Details were still awaited and identities of the victims yet to be ascertained, police said, adding, senior civil and police officers have rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation.

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