In an unfortunate incident on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway, a chemical tanker overturned and caught fire at the Kune bridge in Khandala Ghat. The accident resulted in a hazardous chemical spill, creating dangerous conditions on the expressway.
Emergency response teams swiftly arrived at the scene to provide assistance, while traffic was diverted from Lonavala to ease congestion.
The accident claimed life of a 12-year-old boy who was riding a bike below the bridge. It is reported that the boy’s parents also suffered severe injuries. According to the preliminary information a total of four people died while three are critically injured.
The accident has caused a massive traffic jam, further worsening the situation. Efforts are underway to manage the congestion and initiate relief work promptly. The acccident was reported at 11.40 AM at KM 49 on Pune Mumbai expressway on Mumbai route when a chemical tanker rammed into the road divider and overturned spilling the chemicals onto the road and catching fire.
One injured was immediately rushed to the hospital at 11.50 AM by ambulance, while expert team, fire brigade, ambulance and devdoot were pressed into service to douse fire. In the meanwhile, the Mumbai and Pune police officials diverted traffic through the old Pune Mumbai highway from Khalapur toll and Urse toll respectively. Small vehicles were diverted through the Khandala exit and few others from Lonavla exitto Mumbai via old Pune Mumbai Highway. The entire corridor was kept closed between 11.40 am and 12.40 pm for safety purpose. The Pune lane was opened for traffic at 11.45 AM since the fire was doused. The vehicle driver died on the spot while 2 injured were taken to the hospital. There were 3 others on a bike who were driving below the bridge are severely injured as the fumes went down the bridge.