Two young musicians from Salcete taluka were killed in a fatal self-accident on Sunday when the car in which they were travelling plunged into a ditch near Gandhi Road, Maina-Curtorim, a few metres away from Sonsoddo.
The Maina-Curtorim police disclosed their names as Mr Francisco D’Costa (40), a drummer from Girdolim and Mr Sefton Agnelo Carvalho (22), an organist from Gotnibhat, Curtorim.
The police said Mr D’Costa died on the spot, while Mr Carvalho was declared dead at the Hospicio Hospital, Margao.
Maina-Curtorim police sources said both were proceeding towards Margao, apparently to attend a musical show at Nuvem. The driver of the Santro car lost control and dashed against a tree uprooting it at 5.30 p.m. Thereafter the car fell into a four-metre deep ditch near a building and got smashed.
It is learnt that Mr Carvalho was driving the car. Before the car met with the accident it overtook another vehicle near the Gandhi Road.
The police said that so far it was not clear as how the accident took place. However, the police are investigating whether the musicians were being chased when the accident took place. A police officer sent to the accident site spoke to some locals about the accident. However, no details have been divulged.
The car was later removed with the help a police crane. Policemen and firefighters removed the grievously injured from the car with the help of locals. The car has been brought to the police station after conducting panchanama.
The musicians were rushed to the Hospicio Hospital in a 108 emergency vehicle. The bodies have been kept in the morgue of the Hospicio Hospital. The police summoned family members of the dead to get more information and conduct an inquiry.
The police said that it was a self-accident and that they were investigating all aspects of the accident. The Maina-Curtorim police have registered a case of self-accident and further investigation is in progress.
The accident rocked Salcete taluka and a large number of people, including the Curtorim MLA, Mr Reginaldo Lourenco and the kin of the dead, rushed to the Hospicio Hospital to have a glimpse of the accident victims.
The police were trying to locate persons who plied on the road when the accident took place. [NT]