Mumbai-Pune Expressway accident: Spine surgeon, driver killed after being hit by bus

Updated: Sep 16, 2019, 15:07 IST | Chaitraly Deshmukh |

The deceased Dr Ketan Khurjekar was a spine surgeon attached to Pune based Sancheti Hospital

Pune-based spine surgeon Dr Ketan Shripad Khurjekar, who died in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway
Pune-based spine surgeon Dr Ketan Shripad Khurjekar, who died in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway

In a tragic incident, a Pune based surgeon and a driver lost their lives in an accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway(E-way). Dr Ketan Shripad Khurjekar (44), a renowned spine surgeon along with two other doctors and their driver were coming back to Pune after attending a medical conference in Mumbai when the incident took place. The car had halted on the highway due to a tyre burst and the passengers were helping the driver change the tyre when a speeding bus rammed into them.

While Dr. Khurjekar and the driver died on the spot, the two other doctors sustained injuries. The police identified the deceased driver as Vilas Bhosale (35) while the two other doctors who are injured and are undergoing treatment have been identified as  Jayesh Balasheheb Pawar and Pramod Bhillare.

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The deceased Dr Ketan was a spine surgeon attached to Pune based Sancheti Hospital, while the two other doctors Pawar and Bhillare are resident doctors in the same hospital. The incident took place on Sunday night around 10.30 pm on the E-way, according to the information given by the police.

A policeman said, "As per our initial information, Dr Ketan along with three others were returning to Pune via Mumba-Pune Expressway after attending a workshop in Mumbai. It seemed that their car tyre punctured and they had halted near Talegoan. The passengers were helping the driver change the tyre when the Volvo bus coming from behind and hit them. Dr Ketan and Driver Vilas died on the spot while two others were injured."

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Sancheti hospital's press relation officer Rahul Chobe said, "It is with profound grief that we would like to inform colleagues and friends about the unfortunate demise of our spine surgeon Dr Ketan Khurjekar. It was an unfortunate accident that happened on the Mumbai-Pune expressway around 10.30 pm on Sunday. May God give his family and all of us the strength to bear this loss."

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