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Five dead, four injured after SUV crashes into truck, pedestrians

Police said an SUV lost control and crashed into a parked container truck, and the out of control SUV then rammed into three girls who were crossing the road.

Two of the four SUV occupants died upon impact with the truck, and the truck’s cleaner and driver were also killed, as they were standing beside their parked vehicle when the SUV hit them. Two of the SUV occupants have sustained serious injuries and are battling for their lives at a hospital. One of the three college girls died on the spot, while the other two are critically injured, police said.

According the police, the SUV was on its way from Ahmednagar to Pune and the four occupants of the SUV included the Amravati Deputy Superintendent of Police Dinkar Mahajan, his wife Meenakshi, father-in-law Rajaram Dyandev Gaikwad (73), and brother-in-law Sunil Gaikwad.

Meenakshi and Rajaram died in the accident while the top cop and his brother-in-law are seriously injured. Police have yet to ascertain who was behind the wheel when the incident occurred.

The container driver and cleaner have been identified as Kisanlal, and Manindar Kanharam, while the deceased student has been identified as Varsha Bhanudas Gaikwad (18). The two other injured college students are Rupali Ghule (18), and Kamal Kokre (18).

Additional Superintendent of Police Ravindra Singh Pardeshi said that prima facie the person driving the SUV might have lost control and rammed into the stationary container truck, and then knocked down the three girls crossing the road.

“When the vehicle rammed the container truck, the driver and cleaner also died on the spot due to the heavy impact of the collision,” added Pardeshi. Pardeshi said that they are not sure who was in the driving seat when the incident took place and details would only emerge after an investigation. DYSP Mahajan has been rushed to Ruby Hospital is undergoing medical treatment.

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