The Mumbai-Pune Expressway which has seen a large number of accidents in the past has witnessed one more accident. This time, 6 college students all aged between 18-24 have been killed.
The students were apparently returning from Mumbai, in the early hours of the morning when the driver lost control causing the Maruti Suzuki Ciaz in which they were travelling to turn turtle.
The 6 youngsters have been identified as Aditya Deepak Bhandarkar (18), of Bavdhan in Pune, Abhishek Arunkumar Roy (21), of Pashan, Yash Ajay Shirali (18) of Bavdhan, Akshay Dattatray Bhilare (20), of Kothrud, Jokim John Samuel (19), of Punawale in Mulshi and Umesh Girish Patil (24), of Kothrud.
The accident took place at Kamshet while initial examination of the vehicle found traces of color from another vehicle indicating that the Ciaz grazed past another vehicle, got out of control and somersaulted a few times before coming to a halt.
Five of the six occupants were declared dead when they were shifted to a health center while the sixth person was shifted to Lokmanya Hospital in Nigdi where he succumbed to his injuries. Investigations into the cause of the accident do not point to any of the 6 occupants being under the influence of alcohol or any narcotic substance.
Accidents across the Mumbai-Pune Expressway have been increasing in frequency. It is noted that a large percentage of these accidents occur in the early hours of the morning when drivers tend to be drowsy or when visibility is low.
A proposal for speed regulations during the night is in the offing. Time taken to travel between two toll booths will be ascertained and if time taken is less than that prescribed, the drivers will be fined heavily. More rumblers along the route to keep drivers awake, parking bays and refreshment centers are also being planned.
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