At least nine students were killed after their car collided with a truck on the Pune-Solapur Highway in the early hours of Saturday.
The accident took place around 1:30 am near Kadamwak Wasti in Pune district.
Senior Inspector at the Loni Kalbhor police station Suraj Bandgar said, “The deceased, who were in the age group of 19 to 23 years, were residents of Yavat in Pune district and returning to their hometown from Raigad”.
“The car was being driven at a high speed. After reaching Kadamwak Wasti, the driver lost control over the car and the vehicle first hit a divider and then collided with the truck after landing on the other side of the highway,” he further said.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the accident was due to overspeeding and the driver losing control over the vehicle” Bandgar added.
According to ANI report, the deceased have been identified Akshay Bharat Waikar, Vishal Subhash Yadav, Nikhil Chandrakant, Noor Mahmud Abbas Daaya, Parvez Attar, Shubham Ramdas Bhise, Akshay Chandrakant Ghige, Datta Ganesh Yadav, Zuber Aziz Mulani, all residents of Yawat village.
The impact of the collision was such that the car got badly mangled and eight of its nine occupants died on the spot, police said.
The bodies have been sent for postmortem and the matter is being investigated, the officer said.
PI Suraj Bandgar, Loni Kalbhor police station said, “Nine people who were travelling in the car died on the spot in this incident. We are investigating further”.