One dead, 3 injured in Mumbai-Pune expressway accident
According to the police, the accident took place because of the collision of an Innova car (MH23 AK 3888) with three trees along the roadside as the driver lost control over his vehicle.Updated: Aug 03, 2017 14:16 IST
Hindustan Times, Pune
One person died and three others were injured in an accident which took place near Patan village on the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Wednesday morning around 3 am.
Sandeep Shinde (60), a resident of Beed was identified as the deceased. According to the police, the accident took place because of the collision of an Innova car (MH23 AK 3888) with three trees along the roadside as the driver lost control over his vehicle.
“There were seven people in the vehicle. When they were near Patan village the driver lost control of the vehicle and it hit three trees along the roadside. I think the driver was sleepy and hence, he lost control of the vehicle,” said Bharat Tambitkar, police officer of the Khandala police station.
“Residents and police officials helped the injured reach a hospital in Pimpri, but one of them died on the spot,” the officer said.
The other injured were Subhash Sahebrao Jagtap (70), Kisan Jathar (71) and Muktaram Kisan Taware (71, all residents of Beed).One of the injured is critical, a source from the hospital said.
“So far, we only know that the car was coming from Mumbai towards Pune. They might have halted at Lonavla because ‘Lonavla chikki’ was found scattered at the accident spot,” Tambitkar added.
Some witnesses told the police that the driver might have slept and lost control of the vehicle.The police have sent the body to a government hospital for a postmortem.
Many of the accidents on the expressway are caused due to human error. In a written reply to the state legislative assembly members, state health minister Dr Deepak Sawant last 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.
First Published: Aug 02, 2017 15:56 IST