In a ghastly mishap, Sameer Krishnarao Wankhede (50), Group Advertising Manager of The Hitavada, his wife Dipti (44), Manager, Tirupati Bank, Nagpur, and driver Anil Mandpe (47) were killed when a speeding truck collided head on with their Santro car near Bhansali Engineering Polymers Limited’s Factory on Satnoor Road, about three kilometre from Saunsar in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh on Thursday evening.
Wankhede couple’s son Darsh (20), who was also traveling in the same car with his parents, suffered serious injuries in the mishap and has been shifted to Orange City Hospital & Research Institute (OCH&RI) Nagpur.
A resident of Atrey Layout near Datta Meghe Polytechnic, Nagpur, Sameer Wankhede, his wife Dipti and Darsh had gone on a trip to Pachmarhi (MP) in their Santro car (MH-31/CS-0784) on Monday. After spending holidays at the hill station, the Wankhede family was on its way back to Nagpur. Around 4 p.m. near Sales Tax Chowky, a few metres from Bhansali Engineering Polymers Limited’s factory on Chhindwara Road, about three kilometres from Saunsar, a speeding truck (MH-40/N-4402) coming from the opposite direction collided headon with their car killing Sameer and driver on the spot and seriously injuring Dipti and Darsh.
Residents and passers-by rushed the injured mother-son duo to Civil Hospital in Saunsar where Dipti succumbed to her injuries. Truck driver ran away fearing arrest. Traffic on the busy Chhindwara Road came to a grinding halt for about an hour. Staff from Saunsar Police Station arrived at the spot and detained the “killer” truck.
Soon after receiving the information about the tragedy, staffers of ‘The Hitavada’ and relatives of the deceased couple rushed to the spot. Wankhede couple’s son Darsh, a final year polytechnic student, was shifted to Orange City Hospital & Research Institute, Nagpur.
Bodies of Wankhede couple and driver Anil Mandpe, a resident of Friends Colony, Gittikhadan, will be brought to Nagpur, after the post-mortem.