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Accident Update: Goan Youth among 13 Dead, 10 Injured


O Heraldo

 Pernem, Jan 17: A boisterous holiday turned tragic for a 22-member Gujarati joint family when 12 of them died and 10 others suffered injuries in an accident on NH-17 at Malpem-Pernem today. A thirteenth person Mohan Krishna Shrigoankar, resident of Shrigao-Asnora, was charred to death on the spot in the mishap.

The horrific accident took place at about 1.30 pm when a Panjim bound tanker travelling at a high speed rammed and then ran over a Gujarat bound minibus at Malpem-Pernem. The tanker carrying industrial chemicals was trying to negotiate a sharp turn when it rammed against the minibus owned by Ashoka Travels from Gujarat.

Later, the tanker collided against a Tata tipper that was following the minibus. The severity of the collision was such that the tipper tank burst into flames, charring to death its driver Mohan Krishna Shrigoankar on the spot. In fact, the body of the tipper got severed from its engine due to the impact of the crash. Besides, a second truck that was following the first one also met with the same fate.

Police said the tanker had two registration numbers on its number plate viz MH.04 BU-9870 and MH.04CA-1907, arousing suspicion.

On hearing the sound of collision and cries of the injured, local residents rushed to the spot and helped in shifting the injured to hospital.





On being informed, Pernem police and fire service personnel rushed to spot, doused the fire and shifted the dead and injured to hospital. Fire tenders from Mapusa also rushed to the spot and helped in putting off the fire.

The mishap disrupted the traffic for quite some time before the police cleared the road of the burnt out and mangled wreckages of the vehicles.
 
The families of the deceased persons have been informed of the incident and they are expected to arrive in State on Thursday morning.

Police gave the names of the dead as: Mamta Patel, Shivam Patel, Nikunj Patel, Anand Patel, Nilam Patel, Falguni Patel, Dhruv Patel, Vidhi Patel, Nilesh Patel, Devangini Patel, Mohan Shirgaonkar. The bodies of the deceased are being preserved in GMC Bambolim.

The injured were shown as: Beeni Patel, Veena Patel, Hitesh Patel, Ritesh Patel, Bina Patel, Manoj Patel, Kishore Singh (of Rajasthan), Amol Borde. They injured are undergoing treatment in GMC.

Two bodies that were crushed under the tanker are yet to be identified, police said.

North Goa DySP Subhash Goltekar, SP (Traffic) Arvind Gawas, DySP (Traffic) Mhapne, Mapusa Deputy Collector Yatin Maralkar, Pernem Mamlatdar Gurish Shankwalkar visited the spot to take stock of the situation.

Chief Minister Digmber Kamat, North Goa MP Shripad Naik, ex-Tivim MLA Sadanand Tanavde also visited the site.

Pernem PI Nelson Albuquerque is investigating the case.


 
A return journey that was never to be…


The Patel family's return journey to Gujarat that started from a Calangute hotel was never to be, for death – that too a gruesome one - was lurking in the shadows at Malpem in Pernem.

The happy clan (a joint family) of around 20, hailing from Pardi tehsil, Valsad district, Motavagchippa village, was scattered when a killer tanker truck ripped open the mini-bus in which they were travelling. Within seconds half of the clan, including elders and children, were dead in the most horrific accident in Goa's road history.

Recalling the accident to this reporter, Asif Kadroli, 23, the driver of the ill-fated bus, who, unbelievably, survived the tragedy, said, "The speeding tanker just came at me and ran over the bus. At that time the family's two children were talking to me in the cabin. I just held one of them and then it was crash, boom, bang."

Both the children, whom Kadroli managed to cling to in the nick of time, are alive. The driver pointed to one of the small girls who was present in the Trauma Ward of GMC late evening.
 
Kadroli, who resides in Vasco said, "I was hired by the family three days back to take them to Gujarat after the driver, who brought them to Goa, was fired for drinking. It is my luck; I am alive."
  
The driver escaped with injuries to his right hand, minor bruises to the face and legs. He remembers that there was an Indica car and a truck behind the bus, which were also hit by the killer tanker.
 
Two of the deceased from the family, Nikunj and Devangini, who got married on January 10, never lived to celebrate their honeymoon. Nikunj's sister Phalguni, who was pregnant, also died. Falguni's husband, Ritesh, however, survived the ghastly mishap.

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  • Piyush & Pinal Patel, Sadadvel/Cape Cod, MA

    Sun, Jan 17 2010

    It's been two years today, We respectfully convey our wishes to the Souls departed. "May They Rest in Peace" and for those who were left behind, "May God contine Providing them with strength & Power to Move on...." Om.. Shanti.......

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  • Tina S. FitzGerald, Danvers, MA, USA

    Wed, Mar 19 2008

    Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the Patel family. We worked with Falguni. She was a wonderful person. She was so excited about being pregnant. Now her husband Ritesh must continue without her. This is tragic. We will pray for all. Tina

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  • Harish&Hemu&Urvi, Tighra/lebanon usa

    Fri, Feb 1 2008

    My family and I would like to convey our sympathy and condolences to all the Patel family. Our prayers go out to all the Patel family

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  • Sunil/dhatva, Providence RI

    Tue, Jan 29 2008

    May god bless the families of the victims.

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  • Pushpaben Thakorbhai Patel, Vaghchhipa,/Charlotte, NC USA

    Mon, Jan 28 2008

    Myself Pankil and my family would like to Convey our deepest sympathy to all the members involved in this tragic loss. May god give a strength to surviving family member who lost their loved ones. Hari Om

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  • Amish Patel, Leeds, UK

    Mon, Jan 28 2008

    May all those souls be in the gods abode and give eternal peace and may almighty god bless their souls with heavenly bliss and give strength to near and dear one too bear the departation and my prayers

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  • Jyoti & Kishor Patel, Khajurdi/RI,USA

    Mon, Jan 28 2008

    May god bless those 13 souls & give strength to their family.we'll always miss them & they'll be always in our heart.They will be always remembered...Peace.....

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  • Madhu Patel, Goji/Sutton Ma

    Sun, Jan 27 2008

    My deepest sympathies go to the families of the deceased.May god bless them.Om namoh shyvai.

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  • Kirit Patel, Kharvasa/Marshville NC

    Fri, Jan 25 2008

    We feel sorry for the people who lost their lives in the tragic accident. God bless them. God give courage to the people their loved ones left behind. JAI SHREE KRISHNA......OAM SHANTI...

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  • Nilesh Bilimoria family, Charlotte, USA

    Fri, Jan 25 2008

    Condolences to Anand Patel family. We pray that the depated souls rest in peace and gad give courage to the surving family courage through this difficult period.

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  • SUBHASHBHAI, MANJUBEN & JATEEN PATEL, BILIMORA / LEEDS

    Wed, Jan 23 2008

    Our hearts are with those who unfortunately lost their lives in the horrific accident may god give strength to those families who lost a loved one. JAI SHREE KRISHNA

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  • DHIRUBHAI V. PATEL, KALIYARI / WORCESTER

    Wed, Jan 23 2008

    We wish for those who survived, a strong recovery and our deepest sympathy's are with those family's who lost a loved one to this tragic incident. JAI JALARAM

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  • HEMANT PATEL, ANAND , gujarat

    Wed, Jan 23 2008

    Myself HEMANTPATEL and BHARAT VAGHELA don’t know wht to write but we are very sorry for the people who lost their live in this accident, our deepest sympathy to the family who are connected to the people who had lost their life may God give courage to the family to help them through their precious loss of the person…..jai mata dee

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  • janak patel, fortsmith. arkansas

    Wed, Jan 23 2008

    Our deepest sampathy and condolences to the patel family.May god give all the comfort to devabhai & wife,jayesh and dakshaben in poteau to handle this horrific tragedy.We will pray. -janak and family -fort smith volley ball group

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  • hina & suresh patel , lilapor , india / NH , USA

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    We are very sorry for the people who lost their lives in tragic accident .I know phaguni patel, I met her in mandir always . I pray swamibapa to take all of them in Akshardham. - jay swaminarayan

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  • Benoit Family, Milan, MI

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    You are all in our thoughts and prayers. I will always remember Dhruv's smile and how happy he was to come to preschool.

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  • Jay & Chetna Patel, UK/Ossett/Minkach

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    Deepest sympathy and condolences to all the members of the Patel family who have suffered a loss.

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  • Bindiya, vasco

    Mon, Jan 21 2008

    It is indeed very sad.My heart felt sympathies to the family members of the deceased.

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  • SNEHESH PATEL, Tighra Road, Navsari, India.

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    I am shocked to hear Tragic and Horrific Accident about Leuva Patidar Patel Family, Our Deepest Sympathy and Condolences, GOD BLESS THEM. LEUVA PATIDAR SAMAJ TRUST , NAVSARI

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  • Lyndon Matroos,

    Mon, Jan 21 2008

    My family and I would like to convey our sympathy and condolences to all the Patel family. Our prayers go out to all the Patel family.

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  • Cajetan de Sanvordem, Goa/Kuwait

    Sun, Jan 20 2008

    I am shoked to hear about the tragic and horrific accident that killed the Patel's family members. My deepest sympathy and condolences.

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  • Raj, Navsari/Columbia,TN

    Sun, Jan 20 2008

    Feel very sorry for incident, may god give the courage to rest of their family to help them through their loss loved ones.

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  • Brown Family, Milan, Michigan

    Sun, Jan 20 2008

    Please know that we are praying for all involved in this tragic accident. Our condolences to you all. ~Neighbors of Nikunj, Venna & Dhruv

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  • CHETAN M PATEL, PITHA, MT.VERNON,KY

    Sat, Jan 19 2008

    Sorry for all families involved in the accident.  May God give you strength in journey of life.

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  • Lisa Mellinger, Milan, Michigan

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    All of the staff at Paddock's Early Childhood Center, where Dhruv Patel attended preschool, wish to convey our deepest sympathy to the Patel family. We are all thinking of you and are sorry for your loss of loved ones.

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  • PATEL Chetankumar, Paris, France

    Mon, Jan 21 2008

    Nilesh Patel was our active member of cricket club, Today our whole team is in mourning. God bless him & all Patel familly

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  • raju patel, usa

    Sat, Jan 19 2008

    We are very sorry to hear this tragic news. Many of detroit, michigan.anand patel, nilam patel & two kids know some of these victims. Our hearts and prayers go out to all of the victims and family members. God bless & jai shree krisna. hermitage desi parivar.

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  • Grace, TN USA

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    The Patel family is in my prayers, and I am so sorry for those who had to endure such tragedy. God bless

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  • Dilipbhai Devchandbhai Patel, Gorgam/UK/Horbury

    Tue, Jan 22 2008

    The lost lives of the innocent and loved ones will always be remebered and i wish the deepest sympathey to the Patel family...Jai Yogeshwar

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  • NATHUBHAI PATEL, INDIA/KNOXVILLE,TN

    Sat, Jan 19 2008

    We are very sorry for the people who lost thier lives in this tragic accident.  We wish for to have our sympathy and condolences.

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  • RAMESH PATEL, vaghchhipa.USA.

    Mon, Jan 21 2008

    We wish to convey our condolences and deepest sympathy to my friend and his family.

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  • VINOD PATEL, DICKSON, TN USA

    Sun, Jan 20 2008

    Those who lost their lives will be remembered for ever god bless them. jai shree krishna

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  • Dilipbhai Devchandbhai, UK/Wakefield/Khajurdhi

    Thu, Jan 10 2008

    I feel sorry for my relatives who had to bare this tragic and horrific incidence

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  • Natubhai Patel , Worcester UK.

    Sat, Jan 19 2008

    WE WISH TO CONVEY OUR CONDOLENCES AND DEEPEST SIMPATHY TO PATEL FAMILY ON THE TRAGIC LOSS OF LOVED ONES IN THIS ACCIDENT. OM JAI SAI RAM

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