A trailer truck overturned on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway and crashed onto an SUV, killing three persons and seriously injuring five others on Sunday morning. The victims and the wounded were driving from Chembur to Nathdwara in Rajasthan for the summer vacations, when the accident happened at Tungaphatha at about 6.30am, the Valiv police said.
The dead were identified as Kishansingh Kharwad, 40, a Chembur resident who was driving the SUV, his 15-year-old son Puransingh, and 10-year-old niece Anita. The injured are being treated at a private hospital where their condition was described as stable. Among them are Laxmibai Kharwad, 75, and three girls in their teens.
According to the police, the accident happened when the trailer truck driver applied the brakes to avoid colliding with a tanker, coming from the opposite direction, that took a turn at the junction. The trailer overturned and crashed onto the SUV that was passing on the side. The injured were rescued by the fire brigade and the police and taken to Platinum hospital.
"It appears that the driver of the tanker was taking a U-turn rashly," said Dinesh Tayade, assistant inspector, Valiv police station. The driver, Jaihind Rajbhar, has been arrested under sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving). 338 (causing grievous hurt by an act endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act.