Yet again, 5 die in E-way accident

Damaged cars

Five persons were killed and two more critically injured after a Pune-bound car crossed a road median and collided into another car coming from the opposite direction near Pavana police chowky on Monday around 8.30 am. Two of the five deceased are from Pune.

Vadgaon police said the victims travelling by Pune-bound Swift Dzire have been identified as Ajit Anand Lalwani (48), a businessman from Mulund in Mumbai, and his staffer Prakash Gunaji Salve (45) of Shivdi in Mumbai.

Police said Lalwani was on his way to Pune for some work and had started early morning from Mumbai.

The victims from the other car, a Maruti Eeco, have been identified as Shivaji Tukaram Waykar (47) of Bhandup in Mumbai, Gajanan Shankar Pandit (41) of Wakad in Pimpri-Chinchwad and Yadneshwar Gajanan Phatak (50) of Vadgaon Budruk in Pune. The two injured have been identified as Swanand Madhusudan Atre (29) of Koparkhairane in Navi Mumbai and Kishan Bhiku Indulkar of Velhe in Pune.

Police said the injured are undergoing treatment at Lokmanya Hospital in Nigdi.

Police said the accident took place at kilometre mark 74 on the expressway, just a few metres away from the spot where two Marathi actors Anand Abhyankar (50) and Akshay Pendse (33) and Pendse's son Pratyush were killed in a similar accident on December 23. Two similar accidents had taken place in the first week of January.

Investigating officer Pradeep Suryavanshi of Kamshet police outpost said, "The accident took place on a patch of the highway where there is no slope. It has been observed that many drivers tend to speed as they get a plain road immediately after the ghat section. The drivers speed so much that the median walls are completely destroyed and nothing stops them on the other side too." Police said bodies of the deceased were handed over to relatives after the post-mortem.

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