Four people died and four were injured in a road accident involving two container trailers, a tempo and a car on the Mumbai-Pune Express on Tuesday morning, police said.
“The accident took place somewhere between 8 am to 9 am near the Khalapur toll naka, next to the food plaza,” a Highway Police (Maharashtra) official said.
According to Highway Police, the accident took place on a lane entering Mumbai and that traffic towards Mumbai was affected. “We are making all efforts to clear the road and resume traffic as soon as possible,” the police had said.
A police officer at Khopoli station said that a trailer heading towards Mumbai was hit by another trailer from the rear. “The impact was such that both the trailers veered into other lanes. A tempo, which was also moving in the same direction, took an extreme left turn in its attempt to avoid the trailer, but lost control and toppled on the road. A car, which also tried to avoid the accident, hit one of the trailers and toppled on the highway.”
The injured have been admitted in a nearby hospital. The identity of some of the victims have been ascertained, and their families informed, and attempts are being made to identify others.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway had witnessed an on Monday as well where the driver of a tempo died on the spot.