Nagpur: As many as 9 people were charred to death in a fire that broke out following a collision between a diesel-laden tanker and a truck carrying wood on the outskirts of Chandrapur city of Maharashtra. The accident occurred on Thursday around 10.30 pm on Chandrapur-Mul Road.
According to reports, a tanker loaded with diesel collided with a truck transporting logs of wood close to Ajaypur near Chandrapur city. After the accident, a fire broke out in which nine persons were charred to death on the spot, Chandrapur’s Sub Divisional Police Officer, Sudhir Nandanwar was quoted as saying by a news agency.
The reports further said, the Fire Brigade reached the spot an hour after the accident and the blaze was brought under control. The bodies of the victims were later taken to nearby Chandrapur Hospital.
Sources in the Forest Department said the Fire Brigade personnel reached Ajaypur about an hour after the accident and the blaze was brought under control a few hours later.
The authorities are probing the accident, and the cause of the crash is expected to be known soon.