In the third major accident on a patch of road on Pune-Bangalore highway bypass at Narhe in the past one week, three persons were killed and two injured on Thursday afternoon after a truck driver lost control of the vehicle and hit seven bikes and one tempo. The driver Ajitkumar Yadav has been arrested.
The accident took place when the container carrying heavy metal plates from Chennai to Wapi in Gujarat went out of control near Vadgaon bridge at 3.15 pm. Dayanand Shendkar (33) of Narhe, Sunny Odel (25) of Narayan Peth and Vijay Bhaskar Saravade (60) of Narhe were killed on the spot. The injured have been identified as Sandeep Lokhande (24) of Bibwewadi and Megharani Nikam (32) of Vishrantwadi.
Dattawadi police said the truck was carrying metal plates weighing over 25 tonnes, which fell on the ground after the accident. Senior inspector S S Nimbalkar said, “The front tyre of the truck was found burst. We are trying to find out whether this caused the accident or it was the other way round.”
As the driver lost control, he allegedly rammed the truck into the divider, then went on to hit metal barricades, and seven bikes and a tempo. Three bikes were parked on the roadside.
Nimbalkar said, “This is the third accident on the same patch of the bypass in the past one week. We believe this is happening because of some structural flaw. We will only be able to confirm the cause of the accident after we receive observations from the Regional Transport Officer.”
Sources said major construction work is underway on this patch of the road.
Around three months ago, Pune traffic police had conducted a detailed survey of the bypass, which has seen 110 deaths in the past three years. This patch of the road was identified as a major accident-prone spot and suggestions of improvement were also sent to the National Highway Authority of India.