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MALAPPURAM: Local people blocked the National Highway 17 at Thalappara near Calicut University on Sunday morning following two accidents. A college teacher was killed and over dozens were injured when a speeding bus lost control and tumbled into a paddy field about 15 feet down the road on Friday.
On Sunday morning, a truck fell into the paddy field at the same spot. However, there was no casualty. The accident was at a curve where the road is not wide enough and there are no speed-breakers.
Local people, incensed by the two accidents, laid a siege to the road demanding measures to reduce accidents.
District Collector P.M. Francis, after negotiations with the agitators, promised that pillars with reflectors would be erected on either side of the road. He said that rumble strips would be constructed on the road to reduce the speed of vehicles.
However, Mr. Francis said widening the road was not within his jurisdiction. The National Highway Authority of India is the custodian of the road.
The NH authorities said they would widen the road only if they could acquire enough land.
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