Five friends returning from wedding party die after car crashes into tree near Mumbai
Driver believed to have lost control while taking a sharp turn at Patilwadi in Palghar; crane brought in to pull car out of ditchUpdated: Feb 07, 2018 12:10 IST
Five people were killed on the spot after their speeding car veered off the road and crashed into a banyan tree at Patilwadi, Palghar, in the early hours of Wednesday.
The accident took place around 3am, when the group of friends was returning home after attending a wedding party in Vadrai, a fishing village in Palghar, which is around 110km from Mumbai.
The deceased’s families have identified them as Nilesh Tamore, 25, a resident of Tarapur; Kiran Parshuram Paghdare, 30, a resident of Vadrai; Dipesh Paghdare, 24, from Satpati; Viraj Arjun Vetal, 25, a resident of Palghar; and Santosh Vaman Bahiram, 37, a resident of Khanpada, Palghar.
Vetal owned the silver Volksvagen Vento and was driving the car when he lost control at a sharp turn and crashed.
Danish Khan, a local pot seller who lives in makeshift hut near the accident spot, said he heard a loud screech of tyres and rushed out and saw the accident take place. “I saw the car colliding into a huge banyan tree and then getting thrown into the nullah by the side of the road,” Khan said. “I tried to pull the passengers out, but they were stuck inside and I was helpless.”
Constable Prakash Raut from Satpati police station, who was heading to the station for morning duty, saw the car in the ditch and called for two ambulances. The five men were taken to the Palghar rural hospital, where they were declared dead on arrival.
A JCB crane was brought in to pull out the mangled remains of the car.
“A post-mortem is being conducted and we are waiting for the report,” said assistant police inspector Mansinh Patil from Satpati coastal police station. “We will register an appropriate case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code after we get the report.”
Patil said preliminary investigations suggest that the driver lost control of the vehicle while taking a sharp turn. “Her may have been speeding as the road was almost empty at the time of the accident. Investigations are on,” he said.