Four dead, ten injured in accident on Mumbai-Pune ExpresswayUpdated: Jun 04, 2017, 01:33 IST
Four of a family, including a 10-year-old and his mother, were killed and 10 others were injured in an accident near Lonavla on the deadly Mumbai-Pune expressway on Saturday.
The police said the family from Thane was headed to Kolhapur on a pilgrimage, when the driver lost control of their SUV, which crashed into the barricades before toppling on the expressway around noon.
“There were 14 people in the vehicle. When they were crossing the Dewle village near Lonvla, the driver lost control of the vehicle and it hit the barricades of the road. When he driver tried to steer the car back on the road, it toppled,” said a police officer from the Lonavala (rural) police station.
“Residents and police officials helped the injured reach the Lokmanya hospital in Nigri, but four of them died of their injuries,” the officer said.
This is the second fatal accident on the highway this month.
The victims were Omkar Mahesh Hindlekar, 10, and his mother Manisha Hindlekar, 35.The police said they were yet to find the names of the other two who died.
The police said details of how the accident happened are unclear as they have not been able to take the statements of the injured. One of the injured is critical, a source from the hospital said.
“So far, we only know the family was going to visit the Dutta temple in Kolhapur and was planning to return in two days. Some relatives told us they had hired the vehicle for the trip,” another police officer said.
Some witnesses told the police the driver was speeding, which may have caused him to lose control.
“Another theory is the vehicle’s tyre may have got punctured a few seconds before the accident,” the officer said.
The police have sent the bodies to a government hospital for a postmortem.
According to the experts, apart from tyre bursts, many of the accidents on the e-way were caused by human error. Hemant Sharma, the socio-legal head of Sahayak NGO and a road expert said, “Most motorists who have to go to Pune from Mumbai do not check the tyres properly. This factor is also contributing to more tyre bursts and frequent accidents.”
In a written reply to state legislative assembly members, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant in the first week of December said that a total of 4,634 accidents had taken place on the expressway between 2010 and 2016 in which 1,323 people had lost their lives.