Three young girls from Saki Naka, who lost their parents and brother in an accident in Shahapur on the Mumbai-Nashik highway on Saturday, were recuperating from head injuries in two different city hospitals on Sunday.
Chhaya Tiwari, 18, the eldest of the three, was being treated at Sion Hospital, while her younger sisters Priya, 10, and Nirja, 15, were shifted to the New Life Hospital in Ghatkopar.
The three girls were returning to Mumbai from Shirdi with their parents Rajmani and Parvati and younger brother Shubham, when their vehicle collided into a divider near the Khardi flyover. Rajmani, Parvati and Shubham died in the accident
"We shifted Priya and Nirja to a private hospital in Ghatkopar because it's closer to our house. We are doing whatever best is possible for the girls," said Krishnakant Tiwari, their uncle.
Doctors at New Life Hospital said the two girls were recuperating well but were in mental trauma.
"They are physically alright. However their food intake is less and they are not mixing easily with their relatives," said Dr Rasik Patel, the surgeon attending to them.
Since Chhaya's injuries were more serious, her relatives decided not to move her out of Sion Hospital.
"She was initially admitted in the trauma intensive care unit. However she was shifted to the general ward after her condition improved. She is stable and out of danger," said Dr Kuldeep Gaikwad, assistant medical officer, Sion Hospital.
The Saki Naka-based Tiwari family was returning from a pilgrimage to Shirdi when their trip came to an abrupt end as the vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a divider.
One more mishap on same stretch on Sunday
A 45-year-old woman was seriously injured after she was hit by a speeding van on the Mumbai-Nashik highway at Shahapur on Sunday. The incident occurred just a day after six residents of Saki Naka were killed in a horrific road accident on the same stretch.
Nirmala Kharpade, a resident of Umbarkhand in Shahapur, was on her way to the weekend market when a speeding Maruti van moving towards Nashik knocked her down and sped away. The accident occurred near the Khardi flyover and she was taken to the Thane Civil Hospital.
"We had to rush Nirmala to the Thane Civil Hospital because there are no surgical facilities in Shahapur. She has suffered serious fractures on her right limbs. The driver of the vehicle is absconding," said B Chavan, police sub-inspector, Shahapur police station.
The stretch around the Khardi flyover has assumed notoriety as an accident-prone area over the years, according to sources in the highway police. In a series of three accidents in the stretch in the past two weeks, seven people, including three women and a child, have been killed, and five critically injured.
"The road is extremely dangerous. Apart from problems with its construction, only recently it has been divided to separate the traffic moving towards Mumbai from the one moving towards Nashik. But this has not helped in reducing the number of accidents on the stretch," said inspector BD Chavan from Shahapur police station.
In Saturday's accident, six pilgrims, on their way back from Shirdi, were killed when their vehicle crashed into a divider on Khardi flyover.
According to sources in the highway police, another woman was hit by a speeding motorcycle and lost her life in an accident on the stretch two weeks ago.