Two Western Express Highway mishaps kill 3

Two accidents on Western Express Highway in a span of less than eight hours saw three deaths; with one involving a a minor, identified as a nephew of a police personnel, riding a two-wheeler without a licence. In a stretch in Goregaon, a pedestrian and a biker came on the way of a speeding truck on Tuesday.

Akshay Sakunkhe, 17, riding with a pillion, was on his way to a new year party, when his bike rammed into a divider on the Aarey Milk Colony stretch of Western Express Highway. Salunkhe was driving without a licence. The accident took place at around 11.40 pm on Monday. Police said the teenager and his neighbour Shraddha Mohite, 16, were on their way to a friend's house party in Goregaon. Akshay was declared dead on arrival at Bhagwati Hospital, while Shraddha was admitted with head injuries.

"He did not have a licence nor was he wearing a helmet. In an attempt to dodge a speedbreaker, he zigzagged his way through a gap. He lost control over the vehicle and rammed into a cement barricade on the other side," said an officer from Aarey Milk Colony police station.

In another accident in Goregaon, tailor Bilal Shan, 50, was crossing the Western Express Highway and returning to his shop when he was hit by a speeding motorcycle. Both Bilal, and the motorcyclist Murli Chauhan, 26 were still gaining posture, when a speeding truck, moving towards Dahisar, ran over the two, killing them.

The mishap took place around 7.30 am on Tuesday. The truck driver, identified as Murlidhar Yadav (27), has been arrested for rash and negligent driving and causing death due to negligence.

"Shah's son rushed to the spot as he saw the accident from his shop on the opposite end of the road. He took both of them to hospital but they were declared dead on arrival," said an officer from Vanrai police station.

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