When the family members of Shubhangi Ajay Pathare,the groom Eknath Bahules cousin,started from Pune on Sunday morning for the wedding in Ghatkopar,all they had on their minds was celebrations. On their way back,the mood was jubilant until the moment tragedy struck. Pathare,who was just getting into a tempo traveller with her two siblings and mother,and a cousin waiting outside,witnessed her near and dear ones die as a speeding tempo hit the vehicle.
Shubhangis mother Mangal,siblings Shubham (24) and Sanjana (21) and cousin Sapna Balasaheb Gaikwad,all residents of Nagpur Chawl in Yerawada,were sitting between the two Tempo Travellers parked by the roadside on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.
My father,Suresh Gaikwad,was sitting in the Tempo traveller. I was outside with my mother,brother and sister. I got up to see him. As I reached the door of the vehicle,someone shouted and the next thing I remember seeing is all of them in a pool of blood, Shubhangi said.
Ambulances arrived at the spot a while later. I kept trying to resuscitate my mother till we reached Sassoon hospital. The doctors took them in. For a long time,they did not tell me what had happened to them, said Shubhangi. Her husband Ajay took some of the injured to a hospital in Panvel. Relatives said Shubham worked for a BPO and was pursuing BSc. Sanjana was in the second year of BSc while Sapna worked for the same BPO where Shubham worked.