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Five die as car crashes into container truck along old Pune-Mumbai highway

By Priyanka Verma 
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Pune: Five people were killed after the car they were travelling in rammed into a container truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway at Shilatne Phata near Lonavala on Sunday morning, police said.The accident took place at Shilatane village, around 55km from Pune.

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The deceased were identified as Masidevi Tilok, 42, Seema Raj, 32, Shalini Rupnarayan Raj, 19, Mahavir Raj, 38, all residents of Mira Road in Mumbai, and the driver, Rehan Rizwan Ansari, a resident of Kurla area of Mumbai, according to the police.

“The car, in which all the deceased were travelling, was heading from Lonavla towards Pune. In the opposite direction, a container was heading towards Mumbai, parallelly. The car lost control and broke through the divider and crashed onto the other side and then onto the oncoming container truck. Now we do not know how the car ended up on the other side but the suspicion is that the driver lost control,” said police sub inspector Sachin Bankar of Lonavla rural police station.

The deceased were taken to the government hospital in Khandala for post mortem while the police are awaiting their relatives’ arrival.

The police have cleared out the car that was completely damaged in the collision and cleared the road for traffic. The accident is recorded in a case at Lonavla rural police station.

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