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Second fuel tanker in as many months overturns on highway southwest of Tulum

José María Morelos, Q.R. — A semi tanker loaded with fuel overturned along the José María Morelos highway, an area southwest of Tulum. It is the second time in as many months that a loaded fuel tanker has flipped.

The latest accident happened around 8:00 p.m. Tuesday along a highway curve heading toward the community of Polyuc where the driver lost control and overturned. Other roadway motorists who saw the tanker roll called emergency services and requested help.

Preliminary reports say one of the unit’s tires left the asphalt, traveling in the lose gravel where it eventually pulled the entire unit over. The semi was located on its roof on the side of the highway.

Police and Civil Protection were on scene due to the explosive load of the unit, which they reported at the time of the accident, was carrying 32,000 liters of fuel. Injuries were not reported in the rollover.

A second unit was requested at the scene to transfer the fuel so the overturned tanker could be uprighted and towed.

In October, a double long tanker carrying a load of fuel also overturned on the same curve. The driver was also hauling a load toward the community of Polyuc when the accident happened.

In that case, the fire department was brought in since one of the two tankers began to leak fuel.