Major accident on Pune Highway
A major accident occurred at Navale bridge on the Pune-Bengaluru highway in Pune in which about 48 vehicles got damaged and more than 20 people suffered injuries, late Sunday evening. The mishap took place after a truck lost control due to a brake failure on the downward slope of the Navale bridge and went on to collide with several vehicles.
Following the collision, the oil being carried by the truck spilled onto the road making it slippery which caused other vehicles to be added to the pileup.
A man, whose car was damaged in the accident, said that the speeding truck first rammed into some of the vehicles on the road, which in turn hit some other vehicles. “Our car was also hit. We were four people in the vehicle and fortunately, nothing happened to us as the airbags opened, but we saw that several vehicles around us on the road were badly hit,” he said.
The accident later led to traffic congestion on the road with jams over 2 km long. Ten to 15 people received minor injuries in the incident and they were given first aid on the spot. However, six to eight others were shifted to two hospitals for treatment, the official said.
“The truck hit some vehicles on the road due to suspected brake failure and more than 24 vehicles, including the truck, suffered damages in the incident. While 22 of these vehicles were cars, one was an autorickshaw. Fortunately, there is no loss of human life in the accident,” Suhel Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Zone III) said.
Rescue teams from the Pune Fire Brigade and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) reached the spot after the accident.
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