An oil spill on the Eastern Express Highway between Ghatkopar and Vikhroli caused two accidents on Friday.
In the first mishap, a 56-year-old man riding pillion died after the bike skidded and was run over by a dumper, while in the second, a police constable and his wife, also on a bike that skidded, sustained minor injuries.
According to the Pant Nagar police, the fire brigade was informed about the spill, following which the oil was neutralised by laying mud and sand on the road. “To ensure no other mishaps occur, two constables were deployed at the stretch during the day to divert motorists,” said an officer of Pant Nagar police station.
In the first incident, the deceased, Anand Vansh Patel, a resident of Shivbhaktani Manohar in Chandivli, was riding pillion on a bike ridden by his Ramesh Patel, 28, while his grandson Pritesh, 8, was sitting in the front.
According to the police, the incident took place around 11.55am a few meters from the Pant Nagar police station on the Mumbai-Thane highway at Ghatkopar (East).
When Ramesh lost control and the vehicle skidded, the driver of the dumper behind them also could not stop and hit Ramesh’s motorbike from the rear due to which Anand was thrown off the vehicle and fell to the ground. The dumper ran over Anand, killing him on the spot.
Some passersby rushed Anand to Rajawadi hospital where he was declared dead on arrival, while the others prevented the dumper driver, Vaidhnath Kamble, 36, from escaping.
“Kamble, a resident of Thane, was arrested on charges of causing death due to rash and negligent driving. He was produced in the court and has been remanded in judicial custody,” said M Suryavanshi, senior police inspector of Pant Nagar police station.
In the second incident, Kishore Solanki, a police constable attached with the Sahar police station was going to his Pant Nagar residence on motorbike with his wife riding pillion.
The motorcycle was hit by a speeding motor van that lost control after entering the stretch covered with oil. The van driver abandoned the vehicle and fled the spot. Both Solanki and his wife sustained minor injuries.