Panaji: In a fatal accident that occurred at the Chimbel junction on Thursday, one died and three others were seriously injured after a Maharashtra-bound tanker collided with seven other vehicles along the Old Goa-Ribandar bypass national highway.
The deceased has been identified by police as Akshay Karmalkar (24), a resident of Karmali-Old Goa. The three injured are Shashikala Haldankar (72) from Tisk Ponda, Prassana Gaonkar (30) from Dharbandora and Alpha Shah (43) from Porvorim. The injured are being treated at the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim.
Shashikala, along with her husband Vasudev and driver Gaonkar were proceeding towards Old Goa, police said. Vasudev escaped with minor injuries. Shah was travelling in another car, which was trailed by the ill-fated tanker, reportedly driven by Dinanath Mourya from Uttar Pradesh. Dinanath has been arrested in connection with the accident, said Old Goa police. The driver claimed that he lost control over the vehicle after its brakes failed.
Police have registered a First Information Report (FIR) under IPC Sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304-A (causing death by negligence).
As per a label pasted on the tanker, it contained a byproduct bromide, containing waste.
The accident occurred around 11.15 am. Police said that the tanker first collided with a car and a two-wheeler which were ahead of it and proceeding in the same direction towards Panaji. After colliding with these vehicles, the tanker rammed into five other vehicles coming from the opposite direction. The five vehicles include a car, water tanker, rickshaw and two two-wheelers.
According to information, some of the commuters escaped with minor injuries. The impact was such that the vehicles involved in the accident were badly damaged, especially the cars, police said.
Angered, the locals blocked the national highway for around 40 minutes, paralysing traffic. The road was later cleared for the traffic after police officials assured the people to hold a meeting with the district administration over the issue.