Mizoram: According to police, at least four people were killed and 18 were injured on Saturday when an oil tanker collided and exploded in Mizoram’s Aizawl district, about 18 kilometres east of the state capital. According to reports, five of the injured are in critical condition.
According to Mizoram Deputy Inspector of Police (Headquarters) Lalbiakthanga Khiangte, five of the 18 injured are in critical condition.
The incident occurred around 6 p.m., when a Champhai-bound tanker carrying approximately 22,000 litres of petrol collided with the Tuirial airfield, according to the DIG.
According to him, the tanker caught fire and exploded while locals were attempting to collect the petrol leaking from it.
According to reports, the explosion killed four people, including a woman and a 74-year-old senior citizen, and injured 18 others.
The injured were taken to Aizawl’s Synod Hospital and a primary health care centre in Thingsul village.
According to sources, the fire also destroyed a taxi and three two-wheelers.
Following the incident, Chief Minister Zoramthanga and other ministers and MLAs, including sports minister Rober Romawia Royte, visited the site on Saturday night.
According to a CMO official, the Chief Minister expressed his condolences for the deaths of four people in the tragic incident and laid wreaths on the victims’ coffins.