A road trip from Rajasthan to Mumbai proved fatal for the Chaudhary family from Pune. The car in which the family of four — including two children — and an acquaintance were travelling crashed on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway in Palghar on Saturday, killing three.
Ramesh and Khushi Chaudhary and their daughter, Monali, 13, died, while Mukesh Meghwad, 20, who was at the wheel, and the Chaudharys’ six-year-old son survived the accident.
According to the Kasa police, the accident took place around 11.30am in Kasa when the speeding Toyota Etios flipped off its wheels several times before crashing into a telecom pole.
A police officer said, “We believe Meghwad was driving at the speed of 140kmph, considering the damage to the vehicle.”
Confirming this, Vijaykumar Deshmukh, sub-inspector, Kasa police station, said, “Preliminary probe reveals Meghwad was driving at a high speed. As the car reached a curve on the highway, he was unable to take the sharp turn. Though he tried to control the vehicle, the car flipped off its wheels and overturned,” said Vijaykumar Deshmukh, sub-inspector at the Kasa police station.
Another officer investigating the case said the vehicle may have rolled at least six to seven times before crashing into the telecom pole. The police were informed by the passersby soon after the incident. Chaudhary, his wife and their daughter died owing to severe head injuries as they were thrown out of the vehicle. Meghwad and the boy were rushed to a rural hospital in Manor and are being treated in the intensive care unit.
The six-year-old was seated next to the driver, while the rest of the family had occupied the seats at the back. “Meghwad and the boy survived the crash as the damage was mitigated by the airbags,” Deshmukh said. The police are also investigating if Meghwad dozed off and whether he had been driving for a long time at a stretch.
Ramesh was in the business of supplying wholesale grocery products, said the police, adding their kin had been informed about the accident.
The family would make frequent trips to their native place or Mumbai during summer vacations, said a neighbour.