Three mishaps, two deaths rule Tuesday

Three mishaps were reported in North Goa on Tuesday in which two persons died and one person was injured. In the first accident, a major mishap was averted at KTC terminus, Panjim, when the parked two wheeler burst into flames without any external cause and engulfed two city buses. No one was injured in the accident.

Later, a Hyundai i20 car rammed head-on into a truck on Agassaim by-pass in which Suresh Dholu, 38, who was driving towards Margao, died on the way to Goa Medical College, Bambolim, while truck driver Mattoos Khan has been admitted to the hospital.

In a third accident, a 70-year-old man from Candolim died of a suspected heart attack, which he suffered, while driving his car towards Panjim. The car rammed into a bus at Porvorim on Tuesday.

In the Kadamba bus terminus incident, the two wheeler was parked between two city buses. Both buses parked in front and behind the two wheeler caught fire after the motorbike burst into flames.

The Panjim police and the fire services were summoned to the KTC bus terminus at about 8:40pm. Eye-witnesses stated that the Yamaha FZ bike went up in flames by itself and trapped the two buses: GA-02-U-4020 and GA-01-T-8370 in the fire.

“The bike suddenly caught fire. There was nobody around the bike or the two buses,” said one of the witnesses. Fortunately, there were no casualties but the two buses have been badly burnt.

At least two fire brigades were called to douse the fire and it took at least half an hour for completing the task. The bike’s owner could not be traced because the registration number was not visible as the plates were burnt. However, police sub inspector N Chimulkar, who was at the spot along with his team said that the engine and chassis number will help trace the owner.

A bus driver told Herald that one of the two buses that got engulfed in the fire did not ply Tuesday and was parked at the bus stand since morning. “I went with the bus driver to Margao to get spare part. The bus was stationed at the terminus since morning,” he said.

He explained that when the fire occurred, people volunteered to push away the buses from the bike which if not, would have caused serious mishap.

A fire official said that since the bike’s fuel tank is made of fibre, the damage was more. The burnt bike was thereafter taken to the police station, in a tempo for further formalities.

A case was registered and investigation launched. The cause of the blaze is yet to be determined. Police said that statements of the witnesses will be recorded and efforts are on to trace the owner of the bike.

In another mishap, Hyundai i20 car rammed into a truck on Agassaim by-pass, little after the Panjim fire incident. Fire officials informed Herald that GA-08-F-9554 car reportedly rammed into a truck GA-01-Z-1779 at about 9:15 pm.

The driver Suresh Dholu, 38, was proceeding to Margao, while the truck was moving towards Panjim. Dholu who was trapped inside the vehicle was removed by the local and rushed to the Goa Medical College, but he was declared brought dead on arrival. PI S Vaigankar of Agassaim Police station confirmed that Dholu was declared brought dead to GMC.

In the third accident, a 70-year-old man from Candolim died of a suspected heart attack, which he suffered, while driving his car, which later rammed into a bus at Porvorim on Tuesday.

According to police reports, the incident took place as Vittal Fernandes was proceeding towards Panjim in his car (GA-03-H-4300). While driving the car, he reportedly suffered a heart attack and dashed against an oncoming bus (GA-01-T-9289) along the highway at Povorim.

He was rushed to Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim, where he was declared dead on arrival. Police has registered a case of unnatural death. [H]