A woman and her son were killed and six others injured when a truck lost control on Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road Friday. The truck driver,who fled the scene,was later arrested. The speeding truck lost control and damaged 16 vehicles,police said.
The incident occurred at 1.30 pm near MMRDA Colony in Jogeshwari,they said.
The truck veered to the left and headed straight into the pavement,crushing the mother-son. Eyewitnesses said the driver,instead of stopping,tried to turn back and escape. In the process,he ended up smashing 16 vehicles on the crowded road. He then jumped out and fled, an officer with MIDC police said.
Six auto-rickshaw drivers whose vehicles were hit by the truck suffered injuries. Eyewitnesses alerted police,who took the truck into custody.
Meanwhile,eyewitnesses arranged for ambulances and rushed victims to Cooper Hospital in Vile Parle and Holy Spirit Hospital in Andheri.
Police said Chandrabhaga Jadhav (55) and her son Arun (35) were declared dead before admission at Cooper Hospital. The ragpickers were having lunch when they were run over.
Truck driver Baburao Kamble was picked up from the area some time later and arrested.
He has been charged with causing death due to rash and negligent driving under relevant sections of IPC as well as Motor Vehicles Act. Officials from RTO will examine the vehicle, said senior inspector Suresh Hujband,MIDC police station,adding that the injured were out of danger.