Tuesday, Mar 20, 2018 | Last Update : 05:11 PM IST
The injured were taken to a hospital and are currently out of danger and under treatment.
Pune: Seven persons died and 13 others sustained injuries in a major accident on Tuesday when a SUV hit a tempo and another SUV near Latur on the Latur-Nanded state highway at 4am. Seven passengers in the cruiser died on the spot while 13 others were taken to hospital for treatment.
The deceased have been identified as: Manoj Shinde, 24, from Latur; Tukaram Dalave, 35, from Latur; Meena Kaple, 40, from Latur; Umakant Kaple, 46, from Latur; Vijay Pande, 22, from Nashik; Dattu Shinde, 29, from Nashik; and Shubham Shinde, 20, from Nashik.
A.R. Pawar, assistant police inspector, Vivekanand police station, Latur, told The Asian Age, “A cruiser carrying seven passengers was travelling towards Latur city from Latur railway station around 3 to 4am. The passengers had come on a train from Hyderabad and got off at Latur railway station. A tempo was parked along the roadside at Kolapapatij village on the Latur-Nanded highway. The driver of the SUV thought that the tempo was moving and hence, did not reduce the speed of his vehicle which ended up hitting the tempo. To avoid ramming into the tempo, the cruiser driver tried to take a turn but hit another SUV coming from the opposite direction. All seven passengers in the car died on the spot.”
“Our team reached the spot immediately when we received a call about the accident having occurred. All injured were immediately shifted to the government hospital. However, seven passengers in the first SUV died on the spot. The remaining thirteen are out of danger but under treatment. The postmortem report of all seven deceased confirmed that they died of multiple injuries,” he said.
As of now, the police is taking statements of those injured. Once the investigation is completed, a FIR will be lodged. An accidental death complaint has been lodged.