On National Route 1 (DN1), between Bucharest and Ploiesti, a tanker with six tonnes of LPG overturned and skidded off the road, bringing down an electricity pole and stopping in the wall of a pharmacy, Mediafax reported. The driver of the tanker did not sustain severe injuries, but was rushed to the Ploiesti County Hospital in shock, according to eyewitnesses.
Traffic on DN1 was blocked for several hours as the tanker began to leak and intervention teams feared a possible fire or explosion. Given that the tanker overturned in an inhabited area, gendarmes and police agents evacuated residents during operations to bring the vehicle back on its wheels. The tanker was eventually lifted and its load was taken over by another vehicle, according to Prahova Emergency Situations Inspectorate officials.
A similar accident occurred on National Route 6 (DN6) in Giurgiu County yesterday, but this one resulted in casualties. One woman was killed and a man was severely injured after the car they were in crashed into a tanker carrying 14 tonnes of LPG. Preliminary investigations showed that the Logan vehicle the victims were driving was speeding in an area full of curves in the road. The car skidded, entered the other lane of traffic and crashed into the LPG tanker. An extrication team was sent to the scene, along with a fire truck and a special mobile intervention unit. The driver of the vehicle was in severe condition when the fire-fighters reached the scene and was taken to the Giurgiu Emergency Hospital. He was later transported to the Bucharest Emergency Hospital. The right side passenger, a woman, died on impact, a spokesperson for the Giurgiu Emergency Situations Inspectorate, Gabriel Olexiuc said. The LPG tanker was not too badly damaged in the accident and there was no risk of a fire or an explosion from the fuel, he added.
Two other accidents were reported on DN1 on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the first one, a person was killed and four were severely injured in a collision between three cars and a cart. Ilfov police spokesperson Claudia Burada said a Dacia vehicle first crashed into a cart. When the Dacia driver got off in order to discuss the accident with the cart driver, another vehicle crashed into the cart. The Dacia driver died on impact, Burada said. And then a third vehicle coming from the opposite direction crashed into the cart, the spokesperson added.
In the second accident, a car went over the mid-road lane separation railing and overturned on the opposite lane. The driver lost control of the wheel for reasons that are not yet known, according to Prahova police. The driver was not injured in the accident, which occurred on a road segment between Brasov and Bucharest.