BOKAJAN: In a tragic incident, a fuel tanker driver was burnt alive after his vehicle collided head-on with a truck in the Sarhiajan locality over NH 39 in East Karbi Anglong on Wednesday. According to police, the mishap occurred when the fuel tanker (NL 01L 0110) heading towards Golaghat ramped into a sand-carrying truck (AS 01BC 9259) coming from the opposite direction. The impact of the collision was so severe that it triggered a fire in the cabin of the fuel tanker resulting in the death of the driver.
The driver, who was stuck in the steering wheel of the truck, could not manage to escape and was burnt alive inside the cabin of the tanker. The driver of the sand truck reportedly escaped unhurt and fled the spot after the accident.
Two fire tenders were rushed to the spot to contain the fire which lasted for about an hour.
The accident affected regular traffic and resulted in long queues of vehicles on either side of the highway. The deceased driver, who was fully charred inside the cabin of the tanker, is yet to be identified.