Seven persons, including three Mumbai residents, were killed and one injured when a speeding Honda City collided with a six-seater auto-rickshaw at the Wahundalwadi village, on the National Highway 4, on Sunday evening.
Out of the seven, five were killed on the spot, said officials from the state highway police.
According to an official, “The incident happened at around 6.20pm on NH4, popularly known was the old Mumbai-Pune highway. Preliminary investigations show that the Honda City, coming at a considerable speed, rammed into the rickshaw while it tried to stop for a passenger to alight.”
The Mumbai residents, who were in car, were driving from Pune to Mumbai, said officials. Their names are Gurpreet Singh, his son Prince Singh and another person, who could not be identified. All of them died in the accident. Others who lost their lives in the mishap are Vinod Shankar Kadam, 40, Prakash Sakharam Kadam, 40, Santosh Dagdu Kamble, 40, and Pradeep Ram Pawar, 28.
Another unidentified person has been injured. While the bodies of the deceased locals were taken to a local government hospital, those of the three Mumbai residents had been brought to the MGM Hospital, Vashi.
In 2010, 1,237 fatal accidents were reported on this stretch and 1,762 people were killed.
The NH4 is a 1,235-km long highway, connecting Mumbai and Chennai, and passes through major cities. This used to serve as the main connecting link between Mumbai and Pune, before the Mumbai-Pune expressway was built.