In a car accident that proved to be fatal for two of the four passengers in it, air bags saved the lives of the two occupants seated at the front. The four were en route home after attending a family wedding and the deceased instantly died after the four wheeler turned turtle.
Raju Rathod, 35 and Ramu Jadhav, 52 lost their lives when their four wheeler, a Swift (MH 48 P 82), overturned while negotiating bad roads and fell in a huge pit near Kaman village, towards Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway. The two injured, Raju Rathod, 35, was behind the wheel and Ramu Rathod, 32, was in the front passenger's seat. They survived as the air bags system got executed when the car capsized.
"The family attended a wedding at Bapane village in Vasai late on Sunday night and were returning home. While negotiating the roads, the car landed in a pit which killed two persons instantly," said a Valiv police official.
"Due to air bags, the people seated in front were saved, while the impact of the crash was such that the passengers at the rear died due to severe injuries. We have handed over the bodies to their relatives and are awaiting results of the post mortem," said the official.
"We have registered the case under Sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 182 of the Motor Vehicle Act," said Narayan Patil, a police inspector at Valiv police station.