BICHOLIM: Two persons died and 42 passengers were injured in an accident involving a truck and bus at Karapur, Sanquelim, Monday evening. According to Bicholim police, the incident occurred at about 6.10pm when the bus, plying from Panjim to Valpoi, rammed into an oncoming truck on the slope at Vijaynagar, Karapur. The impact was so great that bus driver Daulatrao Rane, 50, of Valpoi died on the spot while a passenger Kalpana Kerkar from Poriem, Satari succumbed to injuries at Sanquelim primary health centre (PHC).
Police who conducted the panchanama, said the bus was being driven quite fast and the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn on the slope.
Sources said the bus had some minor problems with the engine and some passengers had enquired with the conductor whether the bus will reach the destination. The bus had left Panjim bus terminus at around 4.50pm and had picked up more passengers in Mapuca. The injured were shifted to Bicholim and Sanquelim PHCs by '108 EMRI' ambulances. Of the 28 injured shifted to Sanquelim PHC, ten were later transferred to Goa Medical College and Hospital, Bambolim, while 12 injured passengers from Bicholim PHC were shifted to GMC.
A large number of people, mainly relatives of the injured, rushed to the health centres and there were angry scenes at Bicholim PHC. Officials with police personnel had a tough time in controlling the crowd. To make matters worse, power supply went off for about 20 minutes. Despite the absence of a generator at the health centre, doctors and nurses did their best to attend to the patients.


Nitin Kerkar said...

This is a result of combination both rashness of bus drivers and the mining trucks on the main highways. The only way to stop these type of accidents is to nationalise the bus transport in its totality so that there will be no competitions among the buses and things will be safer. But the government (ministers) are too busy to loot, so where will they get the time to do all the good work?

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