December 11th 2023.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is set to be blocked for two hours on Tuesday for the erection of overhead gantries. According to an official from the Maharashtra State Road Development Corporation (MSRDC), the traffic will be diverted to the old Mumbai-Pune Highway from 12 pm to 2 pm on December 12. This will be done at the Kusgaon Dheku Village KM 56/900 and Ozarde Trauma Care Center Km 74/900 on the Highway, the MSRDC informed in a release.
The Mumbai-Pune Expressway is India's first access-controlled highway. Unfortunately, the frequency of accidents on this highway is on the rise. Recently, an accident took place near Khopoli in Raigad in the wee hours of Sunday. A private bus, belonging to Vaibhav Travels, collided with a trailer, resulting in the death of the bus driver and injuries to six passengers.
Various emergency services rushed to the scene of the accident, including the Devdoot Rescue Team, Borghat Police Station, Khopoli Police, Delta Force personnel, Maharashtra Security Force personnel, Lokmanya Hospital ambulances and a social organization's team. The injured passengers were taken to the MGM Hospital in Panvel for medical attention while the bus driver was taken to the Khopoli Nagar Palika Hospital for postmortem procedures.
In another accident, three people lost their lives and five were injured after an SUV crashed into a truck on the foggy Pune-Nashik Highway. Both these accidents demonstrate the need for greater caution and safety measures while driving on highways.
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