The deceased have been identified as Rahul Ashok Shikhare (30) and Suyog Dattatray Pawar (28), both residents of Hatkanangle tehsil in Kolhapur district.
The accident took place at 6.30am. Six people from Top, Shiye and Minche village were returning from Mumbai in their SUV. At around 6,30am the SUV driver lost control over the vehicle and rammed into a road-roller that was moving towards Kini toll plaza.
The impact was so strong that the road roller overturned while the front part of the car got smashed.
Due to the ongoing six laning work on the highway, there was no service road for the vehicles and hence the traffic on the highway came to a standstill for about half-an-hour.
Some farmers and other commuters rushed for the rescue of the accident affected people.
Suyog Pawar (28), Sunil Kurne (24), Vaibhav Chougule (23) all from Top village, Aniket Jadhav (22), Nikhil Shikhare (27) and Rahul Shikhare (30) from Minche village were seriously injured in the accident.
The injured were immediately taken to the CPR hospital in Kolhapur where Suyog Pawar and Rahul Shikhare were declared brought dead.
The road roller driver Dadaso Dabade (40) from Wathar village also suffered minor injuries and was hospitalized.