Tanker catches afire along highway

Fire officials were able to stave off a major disaster when a fuel truck caught afire on the northbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway on Thursday.

The truck caught afire near the Claxton Bay flyover around noon and the driver managed to escape without serious injury,

Fire officers responded and doused the vehicle with foam in order to container the fire which was restricted to the front of the tanker.

It is unclear where the tanker as wat the time carrying fuel.

Guardian Media's Rishi Ragoonath captured these photos.

DOMA wants gas-tanker deliveries stopped in downtown POS

The Downtown Owners and Merchants Association is asking the Ministry of Energy to prohibit the delivery of Liquefied Petroleum Gasoline to businesses in downtown Port-of-Spain, once it's being done by tankers.

DOMA's request comes after the February 4th explosion and fire at the Kleen Rite Laundry on Mucurapo Road. 

The association raises questions about the safety of businesses and citizens in the city, in light of that explosion and a previous one in Maraval last year.

The following is DOMA's statement: