Navi Mumbai: ONGC official dies in pile-up near Panvel | Navi Mumbai News – Times of India

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The app cab was mangled in the pile-up

NAVI MUMBAI: A senior official of ONGC died in a car accident that took place on Kamothe flyover near Panvel around 8am on Sunday. His colleague, who was travelling with him, and the car driver sustained serious injuries in the pile-up involving five vehicles. Five women in another car suffered bruises. Dhirendra Roy (59), a general manager at ONGC’s Panvel office, was travelling to the airport in an aggregator cab. George Mendonca reports.
Absconding driver of mini truck has been booked for rash driving
Dhirendra Chandra Roy, an ONGC official, died in a pile-up on the Kamothe flyover near Panvel on Sunday morning. His colleague M Q Zaman (38), an engineer, and cab driver Mohammad Ashraf Azrar (31) have been admitted to MGM hospital, Kamothe.
The accident disrupted traffic movement for around 45 minutes until the police towed away the vehicles. A Karnataka state bus that had broken down on the flyover was parked in the extreme right lane of the carriageway towards Mumbai.
A mini truck, that was behind the bus in the same lane, swerved left to take the middle lane, grazing past two vehicles coming from behind, said assistant inspector Nilesh Dhumal of Kamothe police station. He said that the mini truck moved ahead and had a collision with the app cab in front which, in turn, rammed into a Maharashtra state Shivneri bus ahead. The two cars that were behind also hit the rear of the mini truck. “The cab got crushed between the mini truck and the Shivneri bus is what people in other vehicles have told us,” said the police officer.
Wedged in between, the app cab was mangled. “Its doors had to be opened using metal cutters to extricate the driver and the two passengers.” Roy, who was declared dead at the hospital, was slated to retire next month. He is survived by his wife and two daughters. The final rites will be performed at his hometown in Assam. The police said that the driver of the mini truck abandoned his vehicle and escaped. He has been booked for causing death due to rash and negligent driving. Going by eyewitness accounts, a criminal offence has been registered against the absconding driver, said senior inspector Smita Jadhav of Kamothe police station. She said that the Shivneri bus driver could also be made an accused in the case if the probe shows that he too was responsible for the mishap

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