At least six people, including three members of family from Mumbai, were killed and four others injured in a massive accident on the Bangalore-Mumbai National Highway 4 near Pune on Thursday.
The accident also led to traffic being affected for more than four hours on the NH4.
A crane trying to lift the dumper truck.
The unfortunate incident occurred at around 8 am on Thursday when the driver of a dumper truck carrying construction material lost control of his vehicle on a bridge near the NH4 bypass and crashed into a Volvo bus and then rammed into four two-wheelers, one six-seater and five cars. The dumper (MH-12HD3659) along with three other cars hit the parapet of a bridge and fell 30 feet below.
The deceased have been identified as Ravindra Sawant (35), his wife Sarika (30) and daughter Revati (10), residents of Sudam Patil Chawl in Dombivli, and their neighbour Subhash Vinayak Chaudhari (35). The other deceased include Balaji Rathod (25) from Dhankawadi area in Pune and Maherbar Gaikwad (23) from Dhyari. The Sinhagad Road police station has registered a case of accident against the unidentified dumper driver.
Tragically, while the Sawant family and their neighbour Choudhari were travelling back home from a marriage function at their native place in Wai in Satara district, Rathod had gone for a morning walk and Gaikwad, a painter by professional, was on his way home from his work.
Eyewitness Shivaji Pawar recalled, “We were travelling in luxury bus and heading to Mumbai. We were fast asleep and suddenly the dumper dashed into our bus and which led to our driver lost control and dashed into the tree. I immediately informed the police control and could see the dumper had started dashing into other vehicles.”
Inspector (Crime) J V Koli of Sinhagad road police station said, “Due to over speeding, the dumper lost control of his vehicle and dashed into the luxury bus that rammed into a tree. The dumper then rammed into three more cars and fell down the bridge on an autorickshaw and four other motorcycles were also damaged. The impact of the accident killed six people. We suspect that dumper’s break failed.”
Traffic on th NH4 stretches for miles on Thursday morning.
He added, “During our rescue operation, we could hear a girl crying from inside Sawant’s car. The girl, identified as Rachana (14), was rescued and rushed to hospital where she is being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.”