PUNE: A car rammed an autorickshaw from behind, killing a passenger and injuring five others in a hit-and-run accident at Sortapwadi Phata on the Pune-Solapur highway around 11.45am on Sunday.
The autorickshaw was on its way to Uruli Kanchan from Hadapsar when the car hit the vehicle and drove away from the spot.
Police and local residents took the injured victims to a nearby private hospital. The police identified the deceased as Bhanudas Gore (50) of Theur Phata.
Assistant inspector Kiran Dhaygude of the Loni Kalbhor police said, “On Sunday afternoon, some eyewitnesses told police that a car hit the autorickshaw and sped away. We are trying to ascertain the make and registration number of the car with the help of CCTV footage from various eateries on the highway.”
The officer said, “It was a shared auto, and people from Theur Phata and adjoining villages were travelling in the vehicle. They had gone to Hadapsar for different reasons and were returning when the accident took place.”
He added, “Gore is a native of Latur and was working with a private company in Theur. In the accident, Sunita Jagtap and Indu Jagtap of Belsar in Purandar taluka, and Vishnu Andhare and Chhaya Andhare of Sortapwadi received injuries. Sunita and Indu are reportedly critical,” adding that Gore was declared dead on arrival by the doctors in the hospital.
Dhaygude said, “The autorickshaw was damaged completely due to the impact.”
The accident disrupted vehicular movement on the highway for over 20 minutes, and the traffic flow was restored around 12.15pm.
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