Gravel on NH stretch leads to five accidents at Guirim
Around five accidents occurred near the Guirim stretch of the national highway (NH) 17 road to Mapusa on Monday night.
The accidents occurred between 9.30pm and 11.30pm on Monday when the vehicles skidded of the road due to the loose gravel. The PWD was apparently undertaking road repair work on the stretch concerned, and loose gravel could be seen on the entire stretch of the road.
Diogo Sequeira, a Mapusa resident who was involved in one of the accidents when his Prado flipped over to the other side of the road and landed on its side, said the gravel on the road caused the vehicles to skid. He said he had learned that two accidents had already occurred at the same spot. He said an Alto which was involved in an accident before his vehicle was badly damaged and the occupants had to be taken to the hospital.
Sequeira said that the road is neither illuminated, nor had any signboard put up by the PWD cautioning vehicles on the poor condition of the road. He said that when the police came to the spot, they did not even bother to put a barricade so that no further accidents take place.
V Mascarenhas, another victim whose car tyre burst on the road, described the stretch of road as bumpy and said the gravel on the road caused the tyre to burst and the car to richochet back and forth. She said though the police came to the spot, they were of no assistance and is thankful to the locals who came to her aid and helped her change the car tyre.
Another accident victim told TOI that he was planning to file a complaint against the contractor, junior engineer, chief engineer and PWD minister for the poor condition of the road. "The PWD minister should be liable for the contracts given by his department," he said.
Mapusa police said, "Three cases have been registered as self-accidents and one injured person has been admitted to the Goa Medical College ( GMC) and hospital."
A PWD official, when contacted, seemed unaware of the issue and attributed the road condition to "rubble stone that had been put to repair the road and had broken due to tyres of vehicles". [TOI]