VASCO: Traffic along the Cortalim-Agassaim NH17 stretch was blocked for about an hour on Friday morning after a moving Maruti van caught fire near the Zuari bridge at Cortalim.
As per information, the incident occurred at around 9.15 am near the Maruti temple close to Zuari bridge at Cortalim when the ill-fated van was heading towards Panaji from Sancoale. The driver Parag Zumde from Caranzalem noticed some spark in the gear box and alighted from the vehicle.
The van was carrying washed clothes to hotels in North Goa from a laundry at Sancoale. The van was totally engulfed in flames.
Police and traffic personnel on duty stopped vehicles on either side of the spot with long queues developing on either sides of the Zuari bridge from Cortalim to Verna and Agassaim to Siridao. Verna police in this connection have registered a fire incident. The ill-fated van was then towed away from the site and traffic allowed to move.