Two mishaps in 8 hrs, 2 deaths at Morod Jn
VASCO: One day after Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar held an emergency meeting to review accidental deaths on Goan roads, two deaths involving two-wheeler riders were reported at Morod junction on Verna bypass on NH17 road on Wednesday morning as well as in the afternoon.
The first hit-and-run accident involving a interstate passenger bus and Hero Pleasure scooter reported around 7.20 am, when the driver of speeding Andhra Pradesh registered passenger bus while heading towards Margao from Panjim dashed against a motorcyclist Salman Ahmed, 34, resident of Majorda, at Morod junction on Verna bypass road on NH17.
As per Verna police, the bus driver was on the wrong side and collided with the two-wheeler rider.
“After knocking down the two-wheeler rider, the bus driver later dragged the victim along with his vehicle for over 30 metres from the accident spot and later the bus driver absconded from the site leaving the bus. We shifted the victim to a hospital where doctors declared him brought dead. We have already communicated to the bus owner to ask the driver to surrender,” said Head Constable Navil Fernandes to Herald.
Verna police have registered the case under section 134 (A and B) of Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 and efforts are being made by the police to trace the accused bus driver.
The second fatal accident involving a Bharat gas cylinder-loaded truck and a Bajaj Pulsar motorcycle was reported around 2.40 pm. In the same accident, a 25-year-old girl died on the spot while her father received serious injuries.
According to PSI Raghoba Kamat, the accident happened took place when a speeding truck heading towards Panjim dashed against the motorcycle which was crossing the bypass road.
“The accused truck driver, while driving in a rash and negligent manner, hit the two wheeler which had almost crossed the Verna bypass road(NH17). The impact was such that the pillion rider, Aishwarya Salelkar, 17, resident of Colva sustained injuries and she died before reaching the hospital, while her father Pradip Salelkar, 64, who was riding the motorcycle sustained injuries and is undergoing treatment at GMC, Bambolim. We have arrested the accused trucker, Abubakkar Batwale, 55, resident of Kankawali Maharastra," Kamat told herald.
Meanwhile there was a heavy traffic jam on Verna bypass road following both fatal accidents, holding up and then slowing traffic from Navelim to the Zuari bridge