Ponda: In a major accident at Borim-Shiroda circle along the Margao-Ponda main road, three line helpers of the electricity department were crushed to death while five others were left injured after a truck carrying electric poles turned turtle on Thursday afternoon.
Out of five injured persons, condition of three is critical and they are admitted in the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim while two others are admitted in Sub-District Hospital at Ponda.
The deceased are identified as Pundalik Jalmi (45) from Khandola and Sameer Parab (42) and Sagun Gawas (28) from Amona. Seriously injured includes Pranav Naik (34) from Kumbharjua, Ganeshyam Naik (36) from Tivrem and Vinayak Gaude (46) from Bhoma. The driver Pradhosh Naik (47) from Shiroda and line helper Samimulla Khan (42) from Bethoda have sustained minor injuries while lineman Ladu Kankonkar (59) from Khorlim escaped with minor scratches.
As per information, the accident occurred at around 1.20 pm at Borim-Shiroda circle when the electricity department’s truck loaded with 10 cement poles around 9 metre-long each was proceeding towards Marcel from RCC workshop at Pajifond-Margao via Borim.
Nine persons including the driver were onboard the truck – six in the goods carrier space and three in the cabin. As the truck entered Borim-Shiroda circle after coming from the downhill road from the Borim bridge area, it skid on the wet surface and turned turtle on the middle of the road. Five out of six workers occupying the goods carrier space got crushed beneath the truck and poles while one jumped out of the truck. Out of five crushed beneath the truck, three died on the spot while other two were left seriously injured. One who jumped out of the truck too sustained injuries, police informed.
Following the accident, traffic on one lane of the Ponda-Margao highway was blocked for nearly two hours and the road was cleared by 3 pm with the help of cranes.
Executive engineer of Ponda electricity division Deepak Naik claimed that the Borim-Shiroda circle is accident prone. An accident case has been registered with Ponda police and further investigation is in progress.
Opposition seeks probe
Panaji: Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat on Thursday expressed shock and grief over the tragic incident at Borim wherein three electricity staffers were crushed to death.
“My condolences to the families of those who passed away in the unfortunate accident. I pray for speedy recovery of the injured,” Kamat said in a statement issued here. He demanded Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to order a high-level inquiry of the accident.
“The government must find the lapses and fix responsibility. I demand that all the field workers on duty need to be provided with safety gears,” he said.