A tanker carrying diesel overturned at Kampung Sinsuran. Pix courtesy of Fire and Rescue Department.

TAMBUNAN: A tanker carrying diesel overturned at Kampung Sinsuran here, trapping its driver.

Firefighters rushed to aid the 33-year-old driver immediately after receiving a distress call at 1.34pm. Prior to the 1.30pm incident, the driver was heading towards Kota Kinabalu after transporting diesel to Tambunan, Tenom, and Keningau districts.


A tanker carrying diesel overturned at Kampung Sinsuran. Pix courtesy of Fire and Rescue Department.

He however lost control of the tanker while going downhill. The vehicle skidded and landed on its side. District fire and rescue department chief Johnny John Jinuli said the victim was pinned to his seat, adding firefighters had to spray water on the tanker to cooling it down.

“This is necessary to prevent heat accumulation, which can cause a fire and explosion,” he said, adding the diesel was transferred to another tanker. The victim sustained minor injuries and was sent to hospital for further treatment.