A 20-year-old truck driver died after his vehicle hit the wall of a bridge on the old Mumbai-Pune highway on Wednesday around 7 am.
The accident took place at Adoshi village near Khopoli. A 25-year-old cleaner, who was sitting beside the driver, sustained minor injuries.
According to police, the truck was carrying a huge consignment of sugar from Pune to Vashi. As it passed by the crossing on the expressway, the driver, Duttatray Kengre, lost his control of his vehicle and hit the wall.
“The driver’s cabin was smashed. He was buried under the huge bags of sugar and died on the spot,” said a police officer from the Khopoli police station.
“The cleaner had been sleeping in the cabin when the accident took place. He managed to get out before the bags fell on him. We think the truck’s brakes failed, leading to the accident,” the officer said.
The police have sent the victim’s body to a civic hospital, where a post-mortem will be conducted.