Pune: In a tragic accident near SwamiNarayan Temple on Mumbai-Bangalore National Highway No. 4, 22 passengers were injured and four lost their lives when a private bus collided with a truck. The injured were admitted to different hospitals in Pune for treatment, and the Chief Minister of the state, Eknath Shinde, took cognizance of the incident, inquiring about the condition of the patients and issuing instructions to the respective hospitals to provide necessary treatment.
In response to the accident, an inquiry committee has been formed to investigate its causes and suggest measures to prevent such accidents in the future. The District Collector, Dr. Rajesh Deshmukh, visited Sassoon Hospital to inquire about the condition of the injured patients and instructed the hospital staff to ensure that the patients receive proper treatment.
The committee includes the Project Director of National Highways Authority of India, the Superintendent Engineer of the Public Works Board, and the Regional Transport Officer as the Member Secretary. They have been instructed to study the incident and submit a report within seven days, outlining short-term and long-term measures to reduce such accidents in the future. The report should also include the suggestions made by the organization ‘Save Life Foundation’ for similar incidents.
During his visit to the hospital, Dr. Deshmukh stated that the Road Safety Committee had already conducted a review of accidents occurring near Navale Bridge, and based on the report submitted by the ‘Save Life Foundation,’ measures had been taken to increase police presence, control speed limits, and install strips and remove encroachments on the sides of roads.