A massive fire broke out at a flyover near the Khanna area in Punjab's Ludhiana on Wednesday reportedly after a fuel tanker hit a divider and overturned, news agency ANI reported.
Plumes of thick and black smoke billowed into the sky after the accident which brought traffic at the flyover and nearby areas to a standstill. Four to five fire tenders, along with civil and police administration, rushed to the spot soon after the incident was reported.
Efforts to douse the flames are underway. So far, there have been no reports of any casualties or injuries.
The exact reason of the mishap has not been ascertained yet.
"We received info at 12.30 pm that an oil tanker has caught fire after hitting the divider on a flyover. 4-5 fire tenders along with the civil and police administration immediately reached the spot. The situation is under control. Traffic has been diverted," SSP Khanna Amneet Kondal said.
Notably, cold weather conditions prevailed in several parts of Punjab with Ludhiana and Patiala recorded respective minimum temperatures of 7.6 degrees Celsius and 8 degrees Celsius. Similar conditions were recorded in neighbouring Haryana.