Actor Jagathy'car; screengrab of Google Map image of Panambra curve | Photos: Mathrubhumi
Kozhikode: The dangerous curve and divider on NH 66 at Panambra, near the University of Calicut, will soon be history. The curve is being straightened as part of the highway's widening project. The divider had almost cost actor Jagathy Sreekumar his life. Many people have been killed in the accident-prone area over the years.
It was on March 10, 2012, early morning at around 4.30 am that Jagathy’s Innova MPV rammed into the divider leaving the actor and the driver seriously injured. They were heading towards Kodagu in Karnataka.
Though they were lucky enough to be saved, that was not the case for many others. Locals say more than 50 people have been killed in the last five decades in various accidents on the spot. The deadliest one being a bus accident twenty years ago that took the lives of 22 people.
Recently, a tanker lorry was overturned, leaving people panicking about the gas leak for hours.
Due to the curve and the relatively small gorge, this spot is a nightmare for drivers. The divider built to control traffic became another reason for accidents. This divider has already been removed as part of the renovation. An underpass will also be built here.
Locals hope that with the road becoming a six-lane and the turn straightening, the accidents will stop.