1 fatality, 13 injuries in Goa valley truck accident; CM Sawant, minister aid victims

One fatality and thirteen injuries were reported when a truck plunged into a valley in Goa, prompting Chief Minister Sawant and a minister to swiftly rush to aid the victims.

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In a tragic incident reported by the police on Sunday, one person lost their life while 13 others, including five children, sustained severe injuries following a truck's plunge into a valley in South Goa district. 

The accident occurred near Quepem town on Saturday night, adding to the grim toll of road mishaps in the region. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Social Welfare Minister Subhash Phal Desai, who happened to be passing by the area after a campaign event, immediately engaged in rescue operations alongside local residents.

Ayurvedic doctor Sawant assessed the victims' condition by checking their pulse, while Phal Desai took swift action by descending into the valley and assisting in extricating the victims from the wreckage of the accident-stricken vehicle. 

According to a senior police official, the victims were seated on the truck's carrier when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn and plunge into the valley. Consequently, the victims were trapped inside the overturned truck.

Tragically, one person succumbed to their injuries at the scene, while 13 others, including five children, an equal number of men, and three women, sustained severe injuries. CM Sawant and Minister Phal Desai promptly joined the rescue efforts alongside law enforcement, fire brigade, emergency services personnel, and local residents. 

The injured individuals were carefully removed from the truck, and Phal Desai accompanied them during their transportation to the Goa Medical College and Hospital near Panaji, traveling in ambulances and police vehicles, as confirmed by the official.