AMONG THE 17 persons who died in the Mumbai-Pune Expressway accident Sunday were many who belonged to Satara’s Sajjangad, Sonavdi and Parli villages. Relatives said most had spent their annual summer vacation in their native villages and were returning before the schools reopen.
Kashinath Nikam, for instance, was returning with his wife Anita, daughter Nisha and two-year old granddaughter Vedika. While Anita and Nisha have sustained injuries in the accident, Kashinath and Vedika died on the spot.
The family of MD College Professor Avinash Karande too was returning after a trip to his native village in Satara. Many staff members, including the principal of MD College, and his students, reached MGM hospital after hearing of his demise.
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“He was a favourite among his students and was a very jovial man. He was part of the NSS and had been part of a road safety awareness campaign recently. It is unfortunate that we lost him so early in life,” said a colleague. The 35-year-old professor’s wife and two daughters were also travelling with him and have sustained injuries in the accident.
Another family from Satara lost three of its members. Shivaji Kadam, a resident of Mira Road, was returning with his wife Chatura, daughter-in-law Priya and granddaughter Ananya. While Shivaji has sustained injuries, the three women of the family died.