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.

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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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CHILE PILE-UP: One person killed in San Bernardo accident

San Bernardo, CHILE
VIJAY SHAH via cooperativa.cl

One person has been killed and around six injured in a motorway pile-up in the Chilean region of San Bernardo, just outside the capital Santiago, a local online magazine Cooperativa.cl reported yesterday.

The traffic incident occurred on the busy southern stretch of the Route 5 motorway, which stretches 3,364 km (2,090 miles) from the Peruvian-Chilean border to the city of Puerto Montt in the Antarctic south. The accident occurred near to the site of the Carozzi food retail company.

The injured were airlifted to various hospitals in the area with the help of a helicopter sent to the scene by the Prefectura Aeroespacial de Carabineros (airborne police unit) as heavy traffic congestion at the accident scene made it impossible for ambulance vehicles to reach the victims.

Local police reported that two trucks and four smaller vehicles had collided on Route 5, with the single fatality being one of the drivers caught in the collision. One senior police officer, Daniel Saavedra, told Cooperativa that the collision involved a tanker, tractor, a ‘jeepney’ and a van, and that the tanker, which was carrying a cargo of an unspecified type of oil had lost control before ploughing into the tractor, and then further smashed into the jeepney.

The tractor was shunted into the motorway crash barrier and travelled into a neighbouring lane where it collided with a passing van.

Police were forced to set up a complete roadblock of the southbound lanes and around the Américo Vespucio sector and drivers were diverted en masse from the crash scene.

Locals passing the crash scene tweeted pictures of the carnage. One witness, Jean Claude Penjean, tweeted images showing a yellow tractor that was heavily damaged, and photos of debris and tyre skidmarks strewn across Route 5 South. Pictures of the police blockade and snarled traffic were also released. No details have yet being reported on the identities of the injured and killed.

Chile generally has good road safety standards and incidents such as yesterday’s fatal pile-up on Route 5 are a rare occurrence.

 

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Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
Cooperativa, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/Cooperativa
“Accidente múltiple en la Ruta 5 Sur dejó una persona fallecida” – cooperativa.cl – País – Policial – Accidentes de tránsito (6 May 2016) http://www.cooperativa.cl/noticias/pais/policial/accidentes-de-transito/accidente-multiple-en-la-ruta-5-sur-dejo-una-persona-fallecida/2016-05-06/220741.html
“Chile Route 5” – Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chile_Route_5

DUDLEY CAR ACCIDENT: Person killed in collision with car

Dudley/Birmingham, UNITED KINGDOM
VIJAY SHAH via Ace Breaking News/BBC

A man has been killed after being struck by a car in the northern English town of Dudley, near Birmingham, the BBC’s Birmingham and Black Country news team has reported today.

The pedestrian, who has not been formally identified as of current reports, was found lying injured in the road at the junction of Marriot Road and Cradley Road in the town’s Netherton district. Nearby passers-by attempted to administer first aid to the victim. Local ambulance personnel arrived at the scene, but the paramedic team were unable to save the man’s life, according to a statement by the West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The victim was reported to had suffered ‘multiple injuries’. He was pronounced dead at about 23:45 GMT yesterday, according to an ambulance spokesperson quoted by the BBC.

SOURCES:
Vijay Shah { विजय }, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/VShah1984
#AceBreakingNews, Twitter, Twitter Inc. https://twitter.com/AceBreakingNews
“Man dies after being hit by a car in Dudley” – BBC News – England – Regions – Birmingham and Black Country/BBC (7 November 2015) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-birmingham-34755369#?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
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