A truck-trailer loaded with gas cylinders caught fire on National Road DN2E85 near Mihailesti – Buzau County. Traffic is currently halted in the area between the towns of Urziceni and Buzau, the INFOTRAFIC centre of the Romanian General Police Inspectorate (IGPR) informs.
Buzau County prefect George Sava told private broadcaster Digi24 that the accident occurred because of the tires that exploded and caught fire, with the flames then spreading to the rest of the trailer loaded with 800 gas cylinders which began to blow up.
The driver called emergency number 112 and eight special fire trucks rushed to the scene, six from Buzau and two from Urziceni, prefect George Sava added.
“All efforts are now for putting out the fire. (…) The spot is cordoned off the public on a radius of 500 m,” Sava said, adding that there are no casualties.
The prefect also said that motorists heading here from Buzau can use as alternative routes the national road Buzau-Ploiesti, which they can reach via commune roads to get to Mizil.
According to inspector Amalia Calugaru of the Buzau County Police Inspectorate, traffic control crews were set in place at the exit from Buzau, at Hanul lui Tinta inn and Caldarusanca, that redirect the vehicles traveling from Bucharest to Buzau to National Road DNJ 2H Caldarusanca 2H-Vladeanu Sarat Pitulicea-Mizil, and those from Moldavia to Bucharest to National Road DN1 B-Buzau-Mizil-Ploiesti.
Mayor of Mihailesti Dorinel Petre told Agerpres that a first investigation has revealed that the truck trailer full of gas cylinders that caught fire in the area on Friday caught fire because of a tire explosion while in motion. The place is some 300-400 metres away from the scene of a May 2004 tragedy.
“The tire cough fire as the car was moving. The driver was going to Buzau from Bucharest and the fire broke out some 50 metres away from the first houses; 20 nearby houses were evacuated and 50 persons were moved out,” the mayor said.
The mayor also said the fire occurred some 300-400 metres away from the place where, in May 2004, 18 people died and 13 were seriously injured as a truck trailer with 20 tonnes of ammonium nitrate aboard exploded, killing 18 (of whom seven firefighters, three locals and two journalists from the Antena 1 TV station) and leaving 13 seriously injured.