Mumbai-Pune Expressway: Man killed in accident; vehicles stopped in Khopoli
A 32-year-old was killed when his trailer hit another vehicle on Friday morning. State highway officials conduct drive to prevent landslides on expressway by stopping vehicles and removing boulders, loose soilUpdated: Jun 30, 2017, 16:09 IST
A 32-year-old trailer driver died in the early hours of Friday after his trailer hit another vehicle from the rear on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The accident took place near Khalapur around 4.30 am.
According to the police, the cargo loaded trailer was going towards Pune from Mumbai. As it was crossing the Khalapur area, it hit another vehicle which was ahead of it. “The trailer driver, Sambhaji Barkar, suffered severe injuries on his head and other parts of his body in the accident. A few locals rushed him to a nearby hospital, but he was declared brought dead by the doctors,” said a police officer from Khalapur police station.
“The other vehicle which was hit by the victim did not stop after the accident. We are now trying to identify that vehicle and the driver. Prima facie it appears that it was also a heavy vehicle and was partially damaged in the accident,” he added. The police suspect that the victim was sleeping while driving and thus ended up hitting the vehicle moving ahead of it.
“We have sent his body to a government hospital for conducting postmortem and are now waiting for the initial medical reports,” the police officer said.
In an effort to prevent landslides on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, the state highway authorities have started removing loose soil and boulders from the adjacent hills.
To remove the boulders, traffic is being stopped on the highway. Traffic is resumed every ten to fifteen minutes. On Friday, the drive was being conducted near Khopoli in Raigad district.
“If the soil and boulders fall off on the highway it will seriously affect the vehicular movement on the road. As a precaution soil and boulders are being removed from the hills,” said an official from the state highway authorities.
“This operation is going on for the past two to three days. At this moment we cannot say how much time it will take to finish the task,” he further said.