A woman died and three others were severely injured after the car they were travelling in got crushed between an overturned dumper truck and a private bus in a pile-up on the Eastern Express Highway near Vikhroli on Monday.
The deceased, Shabnam Biri, 46, lived alone at Thane. Her husband, Sanjay, is in Kenya, the police said.
"At 8am, driver Shyam Inkar, 22, was driving Biri to her Andheri workplace in her Maruti Ritz. As usual, she picked up her colleagues N Vardarajan, 45, and Varsha Pradhan, 45, who also live in Thane," said sub-inspector Vasant Gore of the Vikhroli police station.
"When the car reached Vikhroli, the driver of a dumper truck ahead of them lost control of the vehicle and it turned turtle. Inkar could not apply the brakes on time and hit the dumper truck. A private bus, which was following the car, crushed it. Motorists and passersby rushed to the aid of the four occupants of the car and took them to Rajawadi hospital."
Shabnam died before she reached the hospital. Inkar, Vardarajan and Pradhan are recuperating and are out of danger, the doctors said.
The police have arrested the dumper truck driver, Santosh Singh, 22, and booked him on charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder and rash and negligent driving.
"Shabnam's husband and extended family are in Kenya. We have informed them about the accident and they are coming to the city to claim her body," said S Kakad, assistant police inspector of the Vikhroli police station.