CANACONA: The mishaps at the accident-prone Karmalghat curve returns-back to haunt the motorists, mostly catching Inter-State vehicles off-guard even as a concrete powder-loaded vehicle coming from Karnataka fell into the gorge below at the accident-prone Karmalghat Curve late Saturday evening.
According to sources, the vehicle occupants, including the driver, escaped with minor injuries when a carrier container reportedly loaded with concrete powder plummeted down the accident-prone Karmalghat steep curve at about 8 pm on Saturday. The carrier is still lying at the gorge below.
The Karnataka registration vehicle bearing no. KA 52 B 3309, coming from Karnataka, was proceeding to Margao when on reaching the steep curve, its front wheels partly went off the road, while negotiating the steep turn climbing the Karmalghat hillock.
According to sources, as an oncoming vehicle was coming down the slope, the Karnataka vehicle slightly steered the wheels towards the left, and the vehicle went down the road onto the gorge below.
Interestingly, the vehicle further crushed the already mutilated crash barriers due to previous mishaps, providing a sore sight at the site.
The same venue, with as many as 26 Teakwood and Jungle trees that were chopped by unknown persons last month, has been cleared by the Forest department giving a clear vision of the road, but no works of any nature, including filling of the deep gorge at the side of the highway, is taken up and the huge gorge is still left open inviting mishaps.
Sources added that authorities seized up with the problem of frequent Mishaps at the accident-prone Karmalghat Curve have still not taken any measures to widen the death kneel curve, witnessing nearly a down of mishaps in the last few months alone.