A 28-year-old truck driver who suffered severe injuries in a road accident on the Mumbai-Goa highway on Saturday, died in a city hospital on Monday evening.
According to the police, Golab Yadav, a native of Uttar Pradesh, was travelling towards Pen from Panvel around 8.30pm, when his truck collided with a dumper head-on near Karnala bird sanctuary. Both, Yadav and the dumper driver suffered injuries. While Yadav was admitted to Gandhi Hospital in Panvel, the dumper driver was rushed to MGM Hospital in Kamothe in another ambulance.
Yadav was unable to speak for two days after the accident. He regained consciousness on Monday morning, which was when the police took his statement. However, he succumbed to his injuries by evening.
“In his statement, Yadav told us that the dumper hit his truck by overtaking another vehicle that was coming from the same direction on the busy road. Though he tried, he could not avoid the accident,” said a police officer from New Panvel police station.
The dumper driver is still recuperating at MGM Hospital. “He suffered severe injuries at various parts of his body. We have registered a case under sections 279, 337, 338, 427 of the IPC and section 184 of the Motor Vehicle Act,” the police officer said.
Meanwhile, the police sent the body to Panvel rural hospital for a post-mortem and are now awaiting the reports. They have not found any trace of drunk driving in the accident so far.
“Road accidents are frequent on the Mumbai-Goa highway and several people have also lost their lives in these accidents. We think carelessness of the motorists is the main reason behind these accidents,” a senior police officer said.