3 die in major accident on Eastern Freeway, Chembur entry blocked
On Tuesday morning, a massive accident took place on the Eastern Freeway resulting in the death of at least 3 motorists.
The incident, involving a white Maruti Swift Dzire, golden Toyota Innova and a black and yellow taxi, occurred around 8:50 am near the Wadala exit.
From initial reports, it seems the driver of the Innova lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the Taxi. Following which, it toppled on the road the Dzire crashed into the Innova.
Bystanders immediately came to the rescue of those who were injured and removed them from the debris. Traffic police was alerted about the incident around 9:15 am.
As of 10:15 am, 3 passengers have been declared dead and 2 were reported injured. The identities of the deceased and injured are currently unknown.
Meanwhile, all traffic towards CST on the Eastern Freeway has come to a standstill.
Further details are awaited.
Update (10:40 AM): Traffic police has blocked the Chembur exit of the Eastern Freeway until the cars are cleared.
Update (10:54 AM): Traffic on Eastern Freeway diverted from RCF colony to Chembur. Entry from Deonar circle still closed.
Update (11:05 AM): The driver of the Innova and a passenger from the Taxi are among the deceased. Traffic police are using cutters to remove the bodies and rescue the injured. The cars have been moved to the side of the road.
Update (1:45 PM): An official from RCF police station confirmed that the accident occurred after the Innova driver lost control of the vehicle at high speed. He was travelling towards Chembur, when he rammed his car into the Dzire and crossed over to the opposite side. The taxi was travelling in the first lane of the northbound road towards CST.
Update (2:50 PM): The deceased have been identified as:
Toyota Innova driver: Abdul Hamid Mehmood (22)
Taxi Driver: Nandlal Jaiswal (46)
Taxi Passenger: Vijay Kumar Kelkar (50)
Two passengers from the Swift Dzire, who were injured during the accident, were rushed to Shatabdi hospital in Chembur.