Ernakulam: Following the routes on Google Maps, three passengers traveling in a car to Munnar via Palamattam-Avolichal road fell into a 30-feet deep trench and survived miraculously.
The incident took place on Thursday night when Gokuldas (23), Isahakh (29) and Mustafa (36) of Thrissur Wadakkancherry natives were traveling in the car survived with minor injuries.
Only after reaching the edge of the trench they realized that there was no road ahead and despite driver’s last moment attempt they fell upside down into the water-filled trench dug up to construct a bridge.
The passengers were in deep shock and couldn’t realise for a while what was happening to them due to darkness and mist. Somehow they managed to escape through a window which was kept open. They waited for help as three didn’t know swimming and later passersby helped them to escape.
A group of six people who were returning after their night shift from a nearby rubber manufacturing company came to their rescue after they heard their cries for help.
The locals alleged that the Public Welfare Department (PWD) didn’t follow rules and failed to set up a warning signboards on both the sides of the trench.
Several people traveling towards Munnar depend on Google Map and taking this route as a shortcut as shown by the Map.