A sand-laden truck slid into the Mandovi River from the Chorao ferry ramp in Goa, but the owner-driver had a miraculous escape, as he wriggled out from danger after pushing open the door from the cleaner’s side on Sunday afternoon. According to a source, the accident occurred at around 1.30pm, as the truck was heading towards the ferry. Read the complete report here.
According to the statement of owner-driver, Audhut Kauthankar, the ferry crew had asked him to move out and re-enter. The accident may have occurred, as the ferryboat slid further into the water while the truck was moving further to get in.
The heavy truck tilted and went down in the water from the driver’s side. However, Kauthankar managed to exit from the cleaner’s side but sustained an injury to one of his lower limbs. He was given treatment by 108 emergency services.
“Only the truck engine may have been damaged as it remained in the water for about three hours,” said station officer, Bicholim, Chandrakant Mangaonkar.
According to the information, the truck was retrieved with the help of a huge crane brought from Mapusa and the operation was supervised by station fire officers, Laxman Majik, Bicholim and Shrikrishna Parrikar, Panaji. The sand had to be emptied from the truck to facilitate its retrieval from the river.
The ferry services are not only used by residents of Chorao, but also by people of Sakhalin, Bicholim, Valpoi and connecting areas. With the influx of so many people every day, there is an urgent need for better ferry services on the Chorao-Ribandar route.