Maharashtra: Truck driver fleeing accident scene causes another accident; 1 killed, 5 injured

22 May,2024 04:56 PM IST |  Gondia  |  mid-day online correspondent

The incident took place soon after a truck hit a bus belonging to state transporter MSRTC near Rani Avantibai Chowk past midnight

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A truck driver who was fleeing from one accident, killed a 23-year-old man and injured five others, including a police inspector, with his vehicle in another subsequent accident. As per PTI, the driver knocked down people and crashed into a jeep in Maharashtra's Gondia district on Wednesday.

As per an official, the incident took place soon after a truck hit a bus belonging to state transporter MSRTC near Rani Avantibai Chowk around 12.30 pm.

Fearing locals would assault him, truck driver Satyamshiv Rekhlal Narwade (42) fled from the spot, the official said.

The driver knocked down four pedestrians, killing one and injuring three near the Railway Crossing on Ring Road. The truck then crashed into a police jeep, wounding a senior inspector and a police driver, and a two-wheeler, the official said.

Police identified the deceased as Sahil Babban Kulmethe, a resident of Chandrapur. The police inspector and police driver have been admitted to a private hospital and their condition is stable, the official added.

As per the PTI report, the other three persons sustained minor injuries and did not require hospitalisation. The truck driver has been arrested, he added.

In another incident in Maharashtra, six persons, including two children, drowned after their boat capsized in the Ujani dam backwaters in Pune district, officials said on Wednesday, reported news agency PTI.

The incident took place in Ujani dam backwaters on Tuesday evening following strong winds and rains, they said, reported PTI.

The victims included three men, a woman and two children, Indapur tehsildar Shrikant Patil said, reported PTI.

The boat service operates between Kalashi and Bhugav villages, he said.

Following strong winds and rains on Tuesday evening, the boat carrying seven persons overturned, he said, reported PTI.

An officer of the assistant police inspector-rank, who was among the seven persons on the boat, swam to safety, the official said.

According to Pune Rural Police, a search operation was underway with the help of the NDRF and local administration.

"Teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and State Disaster Response Force (SDRF), local administration and police are deployed for search and rescue operations," they said.

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