Panic struck the people and the authorities as an LPG tanker lorry turned turtle resulting in gas leak at Vattappara near Kottakkal in the district late on Friday night, sources said.

The vehicular traffic on the Kozhikode-Thrissur route on the National Highway has been affected due to the accident, which had triggered panic among the people in the area. The traffic has been diverted to Kannipura, sources said.

All efforts are being made to plug the leak to avoid spreading of the gas, sources said.

The tanker was coming from Thrissur side.

Efforts are also being made to transfer the gas to the recovery tanker which had come from Mangalore.

Fire fighting units have been kept ready at the site, source said.

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