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Highway collision: Trailer driver held

A day after an LPG tanker exploded on Mumbai-Nashik highway following a collision with a trailer,Kasara police registered cases Wednesday against drivers of both vehicles and arrested trailer driver Parshuram Bawne (21).

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: June 20, 2013 1:39:45 am

A day after an LPG tanker exploded on Mumbai-Nashik highway following a collision with a trailer,Kasara police registered cases Wednesday against drivers of both vehicles and arrested trailer driver Parshuram Bawne (21).

Tanker driver Virendra Singh Thakur died in the mishap.

After the collision Tuesday morning,the tanker began to leak gas. Around 25 minutes later,it exploded. The flames spread 700-800 metres,injuring a car driver standing nearby.

“The trailer speeding towards Nashik lost control and veered,blocking most of the highway. Ten minutes later,the tanker,which was also speeding,collided with it. When Bawne saw fumes coming out of the tanker,he fled. The explosion occurred shortly after,” said assistant inspector Vilas Shende.

Bawne and Singh (posthumously) have been charged with causing death and endangering life by rash and negligent driving under IPC and Motor Vehicles Act.

Bawne will be produced in court Thursday.

“We are trying to ascertain if Bawne was inebriated at the time and will add the relevant section if he was,” Shende said.

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