Additional DG, Maharashtra state traffic, Ravinder Singal has cautioned motorists against speeding and rash driving on the e-way. “The e-way is a relatively new concept, which one should gradually get acclimatized to, rather than experimenting with speed. If speed is under control, any eventuality can be tackled without casualties,” said Singal. He also warned that one must ensure mechanical fitness and road worthiness of their vehicle before driving on expressways.
Early on Saturday morning, three members of a family, Rajendra Rajput (49), Dharamsingh Bhusige (51) and Raghvendra, aged about 11 years, were killed after their car rammed the divider and crossed into the opposite lane. The incident led to serious injuries to Raghvendra’s parents, elder brother Shivam, and others. The accident took place near Dusalwadi village near Nashik. The family was heading to Jalna from Nashik.
Later, on Saturday night, a mini truck rammed into a container truck from behind before rolling down the roadside slope after breaking the crash barrier. The driver of the mini truck, identified as Dinesh Kumar Tiwari, was trapped in the cabin.
Dinesh Tiwari succumbed to injuries in hospital after police rescued him. Early on Sunday morning, Vijay Mante, son Om, and nephew Tushar were killed in a hit-and-run on the freeway by an unidentified vehicle. The Mantes and their kin were heading to Beed from Washim after a marriage ceremony.
The family had stopped for a water break on the roadside. “Three members of the family were standing near the driver side when the killer vehicle hit them,” said Pardeshi. One person (Vijay) was killed on the spot while the other two died in hospital.
In another accident, one person was killed and another six were injured after a Nagpur-bound car turned turtle on the eway after the driver lost control. The accident took place at around 4am on Sunday, near Mehkar in Buldhana district.