Three people died and two were injured after a speeding truck hit an autorickshaw on the Nashik-Mumbai highway on Sunday morning. The truck driver, who fled the spot, was arrested in the evening by the Kongaon police in Bhiwandi.
According to the police, the complainant Abdul Khan, 19, a resident of Bhiwandi, has claimed that on Sunday morning, he was ferrying four people in his autorickshaw.
Sadik Shaikh, Pintu Pal and Ashok Mistry were sitting at the back, while another passenger Raju Yadav was sitting with the driver.
The autorickshaw was ferrying passengers from Bhiwandi to Kalyan. The accident took place around 4.30am when a speeding truck, on its way to Mumbai from Nashik, crashed into the three-wheeler.
“The incident took place at Ranjoli Naka on Mumbai-Nashik Highway, when the truck lost control and crashed into the autorickshaw. The three passengers in the back seat were directly hit by the truck, leading to their death,” said a police officer from Kongaon police station.
“They were admitted to Indira Gandhi Hospital in Bhiwandi. Yadav, who was sitting in the front seat and had been critically injured, has been moved to Sion hospital in Mumbai. The rickshaw driver suffered minor injuries,” said a police officer from Kongaon police station.
The Kongaon police on Sunday registered a case of rash driving and negligence against the 28-year-old driver of the truck, Aashique Ali Abdul Karim Khan.
“After the incident, the driver fled from the spot, but was later arrested on Sunday evening. He will be produced in a local court on Monday,” said a police officer.