ROAD MISHAP IN MAURITIUS: Car overturned in shopping district

Bagatelle – VIJAY SHAH via Defimedia.info

A road accident on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius saw a car overturn and end up on its roof today in the town of Bagatelle, famed for its popular shopping mall, the French-language Defimedia.info website reported today.

Few details of the accident or its cause were published by the news outlet but a picture shown with their report shows bystanders clustering around the stricken auto, which had completely overturned, its four wheels hovering in the air. It is not known if there are any injuries or fatalities. What appeared to be the front of the silver-coloured car is entirely mangled and the doors were open, possibly as people were helped or removed from the vehicle.

 

The exact location of the accident was not published, apart from a mention that the incident took place in the ‘heights’ of Bagatelle, an area of the Moka District which lies less than two kilometres from the town of Rose Hill-Beau Bassin, about 20 minutes’ drive south from the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. The area draws many shoppers to its signature Bagatelle Mall, the Mauritian equivalent of Westfield.

Rising prosperity on the island has seen an explosion in the number of vehicles on its roads, leading to frequent traffic jams even in smaller towns. Accidents have also become more commonplace. According to the government agency Statistics Mauritius, 149 people are killed annually on Mauritian roads with 268 serious injuries in the same time period.

SOURCES/IMAGE CREDIT:

HEM Newsbreakers, HEM Newsbreakers, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/halfeatenmind/lists/hem-newsbreakers

defimedia.info, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/defimediainfo

“Bagatelle : une voiture se retrouve les quatre roues en l’air” – Defimedia.info/Le Défi Media Group (27 January 2019) https://defimedia.info/bagatelle-une-voiture-se-retrouve-les-quatre-roues-en-lair?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

“Road Traffic Accident” – Statistics Mauritius http://statsmauritius.govmu.org/English/Pages/Road-Traffic-Accident-.aspx

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