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Saturday, Aug 17, 2019

Life punctured along the Pune-Nashik e-way in pouring rain

The accident claimed 9 lives including seven passengers sitting near the driver and 2 people near the truck

pune Updated:
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
9 dead and 15 injured after a state transport bus rammed into a truck along the Nashik highway at Narayangaon in Pune.
9 dead and 15 injured after a state transport bus rammed into a truck along the Nashik highway at Narayangaon in Pune.(Rahul Raut)

Vinay Khairnar, a 30-year-old professional who worked with a company situated in an IT park in Kharadi, was among the nine people who lost their lives in the accident along Pune-Nashik Highway on Monday. Originally from Satana region of Nashik, Khairnar was living in Pune for the past few years.

Death on highway

Having lost his father on August 2 to a heart attack, the Khairnar family was expecting some good news as his wife, Deepali, was five-months pregnant, expecting their first child. However, what beseeched the family, was gloom after a phone call from the government hospital in Narayangaon informed them about his death on Monday morning.

Khairnar's body had remained unidentified until 3 pm, when his college friend , who also works in Pune, rushed to Narayangaon and identified the body. "I had just woken up when I got a call. I could not wait for a bus, so I started on my motorbike and reached the hospital around 3pm," said Pankaj Baldi, who studied with the deceased man. Both of them had completed their MBA together from a college in Hadapsar, said Pankaj as he reminisced their college days.

Khairnar had come to Satana last Tuesday to drop his wife at her mother's house, Pankaj added. "We had recently planned to meet, but couldn't," he said.A double major with a Masters degree in commerce as well as business administration, Khairnar had also cleared SET and NET examinations, his friend said with pride.

His relatives arrived and claimed the mortal remains, which was then taken to Satana.

The young man was survived by a mother, wife, a married sister and an elder brother, according to his friend. Only last year, on July 10, 2016, had Khairnar married his wife Deepali, who is a housewife. While his elder brother is a tailor, Vinay was the only person in the family with a permanent job, Pankaj added.

His distant relatives, including two of his cousins, claimed his mortal remains from the hospital and decided to meet his family members, who had left from Satana, midway.

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