Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Mother-daughter duo among 5 killed in Goa road accident

Mother-daughter duo among 5 killed in Goa road accident

Mumbai: At least five people were killed and several injured after a Maruti SX 4 vehicle met with an accident on National Highway 4 on the afternoon of Monday.

Five people including a four-year-old girl and her mother, who were residents of Nalasopara, died in a road accident near Panaji on Monday evening, police said. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has expressed grief over the deaths.

The collision between the ill-fated auto and a truck took place on NH-4A, at Corlim, near Old Goa, around 4 pm.

2 families were traveling in an auto on the nat'l highway near Panaji when their vehicle collided with a truck. Two persons walking on the roadside, including a woman, were killed when the speeding auto hit them before colliding with the truck, the police said. One of the auto passengers, who survived the accident, told his friends that the driver lost control of the vehicle after a container truck they had passed just before the accident came on to their side of the road.

The police said the auto driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle resulting in the accident, which threw the vehicular traffic along the NH out of gear.

Police arrived on the scene and pulled out the occupants of the Maruti auto.

The two pedestrians who are from Corlim also died in an accident.

The victims were immediately shifted to hospital, with four being taken to the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim.

The two were identified as Louis Minguel Menezes and a woman, Ida (full name not known).

However, of the other family of three traveling in the auto two died - Vrushali Bhoir and her daughter Manashri, while Saurav, her husband is very critical.

The other auto occupants who sustained injuries have been identified as Shanal Pereira (38) his wife Rupa (35), Shannon Pereira (2), Savia Pereira (17) and Saurabh Bhoir (38), the husband of Vrushali. The other three are from Goa. The Pereiras, who met with an accident on Monday evening, had purchased a bungalow at Kadamba plateau just a week ago, according to friends of the family.

Less than 24 hours prior to this, another accident claimed two lives. "They had visited my place on Sunday", Panicker said. Banesh "Bala" Sawant, 32, a resident of Neura, was proceeding from Dongorim, Mandur towards Pilar, while Gaurish Bodnekar, 28, was on his way from Pilar to Dongorim. "The entire accident can be seen on footage which I have furnished to North Goa Superintendent of Police", Malik said.

Of the five injured, all of whom were traveling in the vehicle and are Mumbai residents, two are severely injured and are being treated at the State-owned Goa Medical College hospital, police said. The bodies were handed over to the respective families after the post mortem.

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