25 October 2016
The overturned LPG tanker blocked traffic for as long as seven hours. Photo: TVB
The overturned LPG tanker blocked traffic for as long as seven hours. Photo: TVB

LPG truck overturns, fuels fears of massive explosion

A tanker truck transporting liquefied petroleum gas overturned on Tai Po Road in Cheung Sha Wan, raising fears of a massive explosion and blocking the traffic for as long as seven hours, Apple Daily reports.

The 48-year-old driver, surnamed Chow, sustained minor injuries and was able to climb out of the truck before he was sent to hospital.

The truck, belonging to a company outsourced by China Petroleum & Chemical Corp. (Sinopec Corp., 00386.HK), was running on the Sham Shui Po-bound lane of the road at around 2:11 p.m. on Monday when the accident happened.

As it approached a downward curve at Piper’s Hill, the truck suddenly swerved sideways, rammed into a street lamppost, and flipped over, occupying three lanes of the road.

The accident might be due to the slippery road caused by the rains.

Police and firefighters blocked an 800-meter section of the road in both directions amid fears that the truck, which carried 4,000 liters of LPG, could cause a massive explosion.

The truck company sent another truck to receive the LPG from the overturned vehicle after 8 p.m., and the truck was towed away an hour later.

An officer at the Lai Chi Kok Fire Station said a total of 12 firefighting trucks and 40 firemen were deployed to assist in the accident, adding that preliminary investigation suggested that the truck was not overloaded.

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