A speeding Kaali Peeli taxi carrying nine people crashed in to a divider on the Eastern Freeway and killed six of its passengers on Saturday morning. The deceased included four women, a middle aged man and a teenage girl who all allegedly died on the spot. The taxi was only permitted to carry four passengers in addition to the driver but was hailing eight passengers.
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The incident took place at around 9 am on the south bound end of the Eastern Freeway where the elevated portion of the bridge descends and connects to P D’mello road. Besides the deceased, the driver of the crashed Hyundai Santro [MH 01 BM 5736] and two boys aged 14 and 21 years old are admitted to the nearby JJ hospital and are under going treatment.
According to the police, preliminary investigation reveals that the driver was driving at a high speed while coming down the freeway and probably lost control of his car and hit the divider.
“He hit the divider twice and had jumped out of the car, while his passengers died inside. The driver is seriously injured and we have not been able to record his statement,” said a police officer.
Officers further added that the boys who survived the impact were made to hide behind the seat so that they wouldn’t be spotted by traffic police officer. Dongri police station is further probing the matter. A traffic jam that was created from the crash was cleared by 10.15 am, traffic officials said.