Vasco cleaner crushed to death

A 42-year-old cleaner from Headland Sada, Vasco, was crushed to death by a tanker at a company at Zuarinagar on Friday.

Police said, the accident occurred when the tanker  was proceeding towards unloading point inside the company premises. While alighting from the moving phosphoric acid tanker, Pradeep Naik fell down and was crushed under wheels.

The incident brought operations at the factory to a grinding halt as workers rushed to the site. The agitated workers accused the company of failing to send the ambulance in time to shift the victim to the hospital.

“Since the ambulance did not come in time, we summoned a 108 ambulance, but security at the gate did not allow it to enter the company’s premises,” alleged a worker.

“Though the company’s fire department jeep reached the site, it failed to shift the victim to the hospital,” police said.

The company’s vehicle reached the site almost half an hour after the incident and shifted the victim to a hospital in Chicalim, Vasco for treatment,” the worker added.

Mormugao Deputy Collector Gaurish Sankwalkar and Mormugao DySP Laurence D’Souza rushed to the site to avoid any law and order situation.

Verna Police informed that an offence of rash and negligent driving has been registered against the tanker driver and police is investigating the case. [H]