A family trip to their native place took a tragic turn for Shindes and Kadams when the vehicle they were travelling in, turned over and fell into a lake on the Mumbai-Goa highway early Sunday morning.
Four persons were killed and eight others sustained serious injuries.
The police said there were 11 members of the Kadam and Shinde families in the vehicle, including two women, when the accident occurred.
While the Kadam family hails from DN Nagar in Andheri (West), the Shinde family lives in Shahid Bhagatsingh Nagar in Goregaon (West). They were on their way to their native village Nandgaon, near Chiplun in Ratnagiri district for a pooja on the occasion of Hanuman Jayanti. The vehicle - a Mahindra pick up truck - belongs to the Shindes, who are into flower business.
According to the police, the mishap occurred at the Maisadhara Bridge near Kohlad village on the Mumbai-Goa highway around 5.45am on Sunday.
"The driver, Gulab Rampal Rai, 25, was attempting to overtake another vehicle, when he crashed into the railing on the bridge following which the vehicle fell off," said assistant sub-inspector RD Mane of Roha police station.
According to the Roha police, the deceased were identified as Santosh Atmaram Shinde, 40, Sandesh Suresh Shinde, 27, Krishna Babaji Shinde, 51, who died on the spot while Dilip Waman Shinde, 45, succumbed to his injuries at the Sion hospital in Mumbai on Sudnay afternoon.
The eight injured include Santosh Krishna Shinde, 42, Vishaka Dilip Shinde, 17, Sachin Suresh Shinde, 29, Snehal Sachin Shinde, 25, Raju Ramchandra Kadam, 40, Eknath Ramchandra Kadam, 45, and Manohar Ganpat Bedekar, 38, in addition to the driver Gulab Rai. They were rushed to Sion hospital where they are being treated.
The Roha police have registered a case of rash and negligent driving against the driver, who is injured and in the hospital.