At least five people were killed and one injured after a truck carrying flour in gunny bags, overturned on them on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in Maharashtra's Raigad district late on Sunday night. The mishap took place near the Anda Point diversion under Khopoli police station limits.
As per police report, six people were from Talegaon Dabhade in neighbouring Pune district were returning on three motorcycles from Alibaug and around 11 pm they halted on the roadside on the expressway as one of them went to answer the nature's call in the nearby bushes. At that time, a truck carrying flour in gunny bags was taking a turn at the same diversion.
"While negotiating the turn, the truck driver lost control over the wheels. As a result, it overturned and all the five persons who were standing on the roadside got trapped under the truck and the gunny bags containing flour," a station duty officer at Khopoli police station said.
The five persons died on the spot while the sixth member of the group was unhurt, she said.
"After the mishap, the truck driver fled, leaving his vehicle on the spot," the official said.
A case has been registered against the truck driver and an investigation is underway, she added.
(With inputs from PTI)