A tanker carrying highly inflammable air turbojet fuel from Sabarmati in Gujarat to Pune caught fire after a head-on collision with a container at Lavhati junction on the Vinchur-Prakasha road.

There were no casualties in the accident that took place on Sunday as drivers of both vehicles got out in time.

Four motorcycle riders, who were behind the tanker, left their bikes and fled when flames burst out. The bikes, along with the tanker and the container (which was heading for Gujarat) were reduced to ashes.

Fire also spread to the adjoining field and damaged onion crops and the fodder stored there. The flames could be seen from miles away, police said.

The traffic on the road was diverted on Taharabad-Nampur and Satana-Nampur roads, as the fire could be brought under the control late in the evening by fire tenders.