Four Mumbai residents were killed when the car they were travelling in jumped the divider on the Mumbai Pune Expressway and hit a trailer coming from the opposite direction on Friday morning.
The incident took place at Tungarli village near Lonavla, about 110km from Mumbai, while the deceased were heading to Pune in their Maruti Omni.
According to Lonavla police, the driver lost control of the car as he was speeding. The car’s front was completely crushed as it collided with the trailer head on, killing all four occupants on the spot.
The impact of the collision was so severe that the rescue team faced a tough time pulling out the bodies from the mangled car, said Vishnu Pawar, inspector at the Lonavla City police station.
The deceased have been identified as Shirish Keshav Vichare, 48; Naresh Shantiram Katkar, 37; Rajesh Adinikhi Ramulu, 37; and Amit Kumar Ramshankar Sharma, 25.
This is the fourth major accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway this year.