Udupi: Kumta Gas Tanker Tragedy – Death toll rises to Four

Udupi: One more person who sustained severe burns in the BPCL tanker tragedy at Bargi Village in Kumta Taluk died here on September 3, raising the death toll to 4.

The deceased has been identified as Shakila Gangadhara Haritantra (35), who succumbed to burn injuries at 6:40 am on Thursday. According to hospital sources, five patients are still in critical condition while five others, including the driver of the tanker, are stable.

On Wednesday, September 2 Bharath (24) and his mother Jayashree (55) died. Jayashree was the daughter of Nagaveni Jattu Patagar, who was the first victim of the disaster.

The driver, who suffered fracture injury on the right leg, underwent surgical treatment and is improving. Among the five stable patients, two were shifted to the ward and are recovering.

The gas tanker was on its way from Mangaluru to Solapur in Maharastra. As soon as it fell into a 10 foot ditch at around 5:30 am on September 1, the gas it was carrying leaked over an area of 400–500 sq meters. When the gas stove in one of the houses was lit, there was a huge fire which spread to nearby houses in the area, injuring several residents critically. 14 of the 17 injured have been admitted to the Burns ward of the Kasturba Hospital Manipal while the remaining 3 were admitted in Kumta Government hospital.

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