Nagpur News: Utter lack of traffic sense and recklessness left five people dead and two others injured when a speeding pick-up van crashed into a stationary truck on Sunday night. The accident occurred at Koradi Y-Point near Koradi Thermal Power Station (KTPS) Colony Gate No. 2 on National Highway 69. The victims were travelling in Mahindra Bolero pick-up van. The injured have been admitted to Mayo Hospital.
According to police, tyres of a truck (MH-40/ Y 2615) got punctured and the driver carelessly parked the truck on wrong side of the road (Nagpur direction) that too without rear lights on. The truck reportedly belonged to M A Supplier, Mankapur. At the same time, the Mahindra Bolero pick-up van (MH 31 DS 4153), driven at breakneck speed, rammed the stationary truck from behind at around 9 pm leaving the seven passengers seriously injured. The driver of the pick-up van, apparently, could not spot the stationary truck in the dark and ploughed his vehicle right under the truck. The impact was so intense that the front portion of the pick-up van turned into mangled heap of steel.
Passersby rushed the injured to hospital for treatment to Indira Gandhi Government Medical College and Hospital (Mayo). However, doctors declared five of the seven persons brought dead. The other two injured, including driver of Mahindra Bolero pick-up van, are undergoing treatment.
The dead have been identified as Dnyaneshwar Sonba Bagde (60), resident of Dahegaon Rangari, Saoner Tehsil, Nagpur District, Dinesh Gupta (55), Rajesh Gupta (40), both natives of Village Jalon Tehsil Madhavgarh (UP), Vinaykumar Vishal Singh (25), native of Rahavali, Tehsil Madhavgarh (UP) and Mahendrasingh Punnusingh, resident of Umri, Tehsil Madhavgarh (UP). The inured are driver Pappu Chaudhary (30), native of Village Deval, Gazipur District (UP) and Shivpir Singh Sengar (34), native of Jalon Tehsil Madhavgarh (UP).
Koradi police have booked the truck driver and pick-up van driver in this connection. Cops have registered an offence under Sections 279, 337, 338, 304 (a) read with sub sections 134 and 177 of Motor Vehicle Act and probing the matter further.