A driver and cleaner were crushed to death under their toppled truck at Dharbandora on Sunday. Police sources said the duo attempted to escape from the truck after they noticed it skidding off the road.
The goods truck was proceeding from Mollem to Usgao. When it reached Durgini- Dharbandora, the 25-year-old driver, Umashankar, a resident of Bihar, lost control over the vehicle. He and the 22-year-old cleaner Manoj Singh, a resident of Jharkhand, immediately attempted to jump out of the vehicle to save their lives. However, the duo was crushed beneath the toppled truck.
Other truck operators passing by summoned a JCB excavator and retrieved the vehicle. They tried to rescue the duo, but both had died on the spot, said police sources.
Ponda police have retrieved the bodies and preserved them at the Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital mortuary at Bambolim. They have also informed the respective families of the incident. After the victims’ families come to Goa, autopsies will be conducted, police sources added.
Ponda police have registered the case as ‘unnatural death’ under Section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).