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Steep rise in traffic accidents

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A car damaged in an accident near Thrissur.— File photo
A car damaged in an accident near Thrissur.— File photo

Road accidents have claimed 32 lives in the district in October alone.

According to a survey conducted by ‘Nervazhi’, a human rights organisation here, 56 major accidents happened in the district last month.

There was not even a single day in which no accident was reported, the survey noted. Among the 58 people injured in the accidents, 13 still remain in critical condition.

Accidents involving motorbikes stood at the top of the list with 18 mishaps and 19 deaths. Seven buses and five cars were also involved in accidents, according to the survey.

Accident-prone

Twenty-two of the deceased were under the age of 50. It included two children and two pedestrians. One person was killed in an accident involving an unidentified vehicle.

Marathakkara and Konjannampara were identified as the most accident-prone areas in the district. Careless driving, pothole-riddled roads and scant respect for traffic rules caused majority of the accidents, the survey observed.

Poor facilities

Various junctions including Mullakkara, Vettikkal, Aramkallu, Mudikode, Chembuthra, Chuvannamannu, Panthallam Padam and Kombazha on the proposed six-lane road between Mannuthy and Wadakkanchery did not have facilities for pedestrians to cross the road safely, the study pointed out.

Nervazhi activists will submit the report to the District Collector and Motor Vehicles Department.

Marathakkara, Konjannampara the most accident-prone areas in the district.

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