Four youths aged between 23 and 27 were killed and another critically injured after their car rammed into the pillar of Devle Bridge on Pune-Mumbai Expressway near Malavali on Wednesday morning at around 9.15 am.
The victims are Kunal Sanjay Nigudkar and Aditya Karkhanis (both 24) of Sangvi, Onkar Praveen Mancharkar (23) of Shivajinagar, and Rajveer Thakur (27).
The fifth person, Kondhwa resident Imran Yunus Shaikh (27), who was driving the car, sustained grievous injuries and is undergoing treated at Lokmanya Hospital.
Police said the five were on their way to Pune after a trip to Lonavala. They suspect the victims went to a restaurant on the Pune-Mumbai Old Highway late on Tuesday night and were on their way home.
Inspector SB Yede of Lonavala Rural police station said, “We suspect the driver lost control due to high speed. The car hit the pillar of Devle Bridge. While four people died on the spot, the fifth was rushed to Lokmanya Hospital. We have contacted the families of all the deceased. At this point, we do not know whether all five were working or were studying, nor do we know exactly where they went and from where they were returning. We will get details only after we speak to their parents. The only person who survived is unconscious.”
In an earlier incident, six college students between the ages of 18 and 24 were killed after their car turned turtle near Kamshet on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway in the early hours of July 26.