In a bike accident on the JJ Flyover, which has been declared off limits for two-wheelers, two young men lost their lives in a pile-up, involving their bike and three cars on the flyover, late on Sunday night. The police believe the accident to be the fault of a fourth vehicle, which is alleged to have fled the scene after causing the pile-up, and have initiated investigations into the incident.
According to the MRA Marg police, the incident occurred near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) end of the flyover at around 11 pm on Sunday.
The police said that the two deceased, identified as Niyaz Khan (21) and Sameer Sheikh (20) were travelling on the former’s bike to Ghatkopar, where they used to stay with their families, when the accident occurred.
“According to eye witnesses, the bike was hit from behind by a speeding four-wheeler, which fled the scene. The four-wheeler was at a high speed and the impact of the collision threw the bike over the divider to the south bound lane of the flyover, directly in the path of an oncoming Mercedes. The
Mercedes, however, managed to swerve in time to avoid hitting the duo, sustaining minor damage in the process. However, a second Mercedes behind the first one hit the bike, which was again thrown over the divider. This second Mercedes, in turn, was hit by a Skoda from behind,” said Senior Police Inspector Ashok Jagdale, MRA Marg police station.
Meanwhile, Khan and Sheikh, who were thrown on the ground hard, and were not wearing helmets, sustained severe head injuries. Two of their friends, who reached the spot minutes after the accident, on another bike, rushed them to the JJ Hospital, where they were declared dead before admission.
The JJ flyover, which stretches from the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus to the JJ Hospital, has been infamous for a large number of accidents involving two-wheelers that have occurred on it. Despite a ban on two wheelers enforced by the traffic police in 2010, bikers continue to ply as soon as traffic policemen leave for the day.