A team of experts from Chennai on Tuesday allayed fears over gas leak from a tanker explosion and a series of accidents under its impact near Narasimha Tirtha on the outskirts of Mulbagal town in Kolar district. Contrary to earlier reports, three persons were killed in the incident. Earlier, it was said that four persons died.

The team from National Disaster Response Force visited the spot on Tuesday to take stock of the situation and assess the possible harm to people.

The team, which has expertise in dealing with nuclear and chemical leakages, came on a request from the district administration.

Led by Deputy Commandant Uttam Kashyap, the team, consisting of 48 members, inspected the spot to gather information.

‘Nothing to worry’

Deputy Commissioner D.S. Vishwanath, who visited the accident spot and held discussions with the team, told The Hindu that the team has certified that there was no hazardous chemical content and that there was no need to worry.

The accident occurred on Monday evening when the tanker transporting carbon dioxide exploded after colliding with another truck. The tanker was on its way to Bommasandra Industrial Area in Bangalore from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh.

Due to the explosion, three bodies were mutilated and strewn over the area. Bloodstains were found on the vehicles involved in the accident.

Additional Superintendent of Police H.R. Bhagavandas said the fourth victim was only injured.

The police gave the names of the dead as Satish, driver of the tanker, Keshav, driver of the other truck, and his brother, Narayanappa.

Subramani, who was seriously injured in the incident, was admitted to the R.L. Jalappa Hospital in Kolar.

Following the tanker explosion, two trucks were badly damaged and a bus of a Kolar college parked nearby rolled down.

Three bodies mutilated and strewn around; fourth victim was only injured