A Decision to bunk lectures and enjoy a picnic at Bhushi Dam in Lonavla proved costly for the four students of Marathwada College of Architecture. The car they were travelling in turned turtle after one of its tyres burst near Kiwle Bridge on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway. The incident occurred yesterday morning.
The victims have been identified as Rucha Baban Dorge (19), a resident of Laxmi Heights in Kalas, Vishrantwadi, Vaibhav Machhindra Gaikwad from Dange Chowk in Chinchwad, Shriya Shetty, Ashwini Vasant Manmode (18), a resident of Marathwada College hostel.
According to the Dehu Road police officials, the impact of the accident was such that the victims were trapped inside the care for quite sometime. All the injured were admitted to the Lokmanya Hospital in Nigadi. Ashwini and Shriya who sustained grievous injuries in the mishap were shifted to the hospital’s ICU. College authorities confirmed that the fours had bunked lectures.
“The car is completely damaged and the four occupants sustained injuries due to broken pieces of glass. We immediately reached the spot and fortunately succeeded in saving the victims. The Expressway was also cleared in a few minutes so it did not affect the traffic,” police constable Samil Prakash of Dehuroad police station said yesterday.
The Ideal Road Builder (IRB) personnel deployed on the Expressway to man it said most of the accidents on the Expressway occurred due to tyre burst. “Though the maximum speed limit on the Expressway is 80 kmph, hardly any driver adheres to it. All cases of tyre burst occur on the straight stretch of the road,” one of the Ideal Road Builder personnel said.