At least six people have been killed and three others critically injured after the car they were travelling in rammed into a truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
The incident happened near Khopoli in Raigad district of Maharashtra around Thursday midnight.
Car was overspeeding
“The car was going from Pune to Mumbai when it hit the truck from the rear around 12 am. There were nine occupants in the car,” an official of Khopoli police station said.
A preliminary probe indicated that the driver of the car, identified as Machindra Ambhore, lost control of the vehicle and hit the truck.
“The car was overspeeding and rammed into a container from behind, leading to the accident in which five were killed on the spot. The sixth person died during the course of treatment,” Khopoli police station police inspector Shirish Pawar said.
An offence was registered against the driver, and further investigation is underway, police said.
The truck involved in the accident has not been identified yet, as the driver had fled the scene with his vehicle.
Another accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway
On October 31, one person was killed and two others were seriously injured in an accident on the Mumbai Pune Expressway in the limits of Rasaani police station when a speeding car hit a truck parked on the roadside.
A woman in this car died on the spot due to severe injuries, while four others were shifted to MGM Hospital for treatment.
Overspeeding on Mumbai Pune Expressway
Overspeeding has been a significant concern and the reason behind most mishaps on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
In 2021, the authorities fined a total of 1.72 lakh motorists along the 33 km stretch from Kalamboli to Khalapur toll plaza on the Mumbai-Pune expressway for overspeeding.
The speed limit for light motor vehicles and heavy vehicles is 100 km/h and 80 km/h, respectively.
In December 2021, the fine for overspeeding on the Mumbai-Pune expressway was increased to Rs. 2,000 from Rs 1,000.
Link road on Mumbai Pune Expressway to be ready on Dec 23
Earlier this month, Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde had said the construction of the missing link road on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway would be complete by December 2023.
The road will connect Khalapur Toll Booth point with Kusgaon, bypassing the Expressway’s entire ghat (hill) section. It is expected to cut the travel time between Pune and Mumbai by half an hour.
“This will be a landmark project in the country, as it has used modern technology which is currently used in some foreign countries. The width of the tunnel is 23.75 meters, making it the widest tunnel in the world. Measures have been taken to prevent fire incidents inside,” he said. Both the tunnels will be around 1,500-meter-long and the digging for 1,400 meters has been completed.
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