Fri, 19 Apr, 2019

Major tragedy averted as loaded truck rams into shops at Poinguinim

driver of the vehicle was drunk, accident occurred at midnight when the shops were closed

11th February 2019, 02:06 Hrs

the goan I network

CANACONA 

In a bizarre incident that could have ended up being tragic, an interstate loaded truck driven by an intoxicated driver razed down five shops on Saturday midnight at Poinguinim Bazaar. 

Canacona police booked the truck driver R Shekar, a native of Telangana, for rash and negligent driving in a drunken state, and causing losses amounting to lakhs of rupees.

The truck bearing registration No TS-29 T-5247, which was loaded with steel bars, was coming from Fatorda and proceeding to Andhra Pradesh. 

On reaching the narrow stretch of road at Poinguinim Bazaar, the loaded vehicle first hit the residential gallery of a house belonging to one Suresh Agni. 

The gallery of the house and front door was destroyed in the incident. 

The truck rammed into five shops that included two general stores, a barber shop, sandal store and one tailoring and cloth shop belonging to Gunk Rivankar, Vinod Poinguinkar, Shashikant Poinguinkar and Viraj Mahale. 

On hearing a loud sound, most of the locals who were deep in their sleep at about 12.30 am (Saturday midnight), rushed to the spot and found the truck driver had fled the scene. They immediately called up the Canacona police station.

The police reportedly found liquor bottles inside the truck cabin. 

Later on, the driver appeared before the police and was found to be in a highly intoxicated state. After the police took him into custody, he was referred for a medical test. The alcohol content report is still awaited. 

According to the police, based on the alcohol content report, the driver will be booked accordingly in accordance with the law and further investigation will be carried out.

Though the accident occurred on the narrow stretch of NH-66 in Poinguinim Bazaar, the highway traffic was not affected. While a crane requisitioned first was unsuccessful in removing the truck, a second crane called in was still at the site late Sunday night in a bid to remove 

the vehicle.

This is the second accident in a matter of four days after a 14-wheeler carrier truck fell on side and  blocked the highway traffic for over five hours at Gimnem Poinguinim, just a few kilometers away from the Saturday midnight 

mishap site. 

People have been bitterly complaining of increasing number of heavy vehicles on the highway after the closure of Anmod-Ghat section some months ago. 

The heavy vehicles hamper smooth flow of traffic and 

are responsible for several accidents.