NAVI MUMBAI: Two people were severely injured in a major accident on the Mumbai-Goa highway near Pen when two trucks — one carrying LPG cylinders and other carrying steel rods — collided with each other early morning on Sunday.
According to the local police, the collision between two trucks resulted in blast of multiple LPG cylinders and one truck caught fire. The driver of the LPG truck is reported to have borne grievous burn injuries, while the other truck driver escaped with minor injuries.
The highway is shut since 5 am today. Raigad police officials informed that traffic has been diverted towards Khopoli as the Pen section of the road is now blocked. The exact mishap spot is near Hamra phata.
A police official at Pen said, “The accident occurred around 5.15 am on Sunday at Hamrapur village near Pen on the NH-17 highway. While the LPG cylinder loaded truck was heading towards Mumbai, the other truck was travelling towards Pen. To prevent traffic congestion, the vehicles plying towards Mumbai were diverted from Khopoli phata towards Pali and Khalapur, while the vehicles in opposite direction were diverted from Kharpada phata and Palaspe phata to head towards Goa. The driver of LPG cylinder loaded truck identified as Naushad Ismail Ahmed (40) has sustained 80% burn injuries. He was initially admitted to Pen government hospital and late was probably shifted to MGM hospital at Kamothe, while the other truck driver is being treated at Pen hospital.” Details