In a direful accident, seven youngsters were killed and one is critically injured on the Mumbai-Goa Highway on Wednesday. The vehicle carrying eight people was a Mahindra Xylo that crashed into a tree near Khanu village.
The driver lost control of the speeding vehicle, plunged down a slope and came to halt when it hit the tree. The accident took lives of seven men and one miraculously survived.
The Mahindra Xylo was completely devastated. The NH66, where the accident occurred is the deadliest highway in the state of Maharashtra and every year over 1,000 accidents occur on this road.
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The deceased are all residents of Shivaji Nagar in Vile Parle, Andheri, Malad and Mulund, and were identified as Sachin Vishwanath Sawant, Prashant Jagannath Gurav, Akshay Shankar Kerkar, Nihal Kotian, Kedar Todkar, Vaibhav Manve and Mayur Belvankar. Abhishek Kamble, who survived the incident is in a critical condition at Ratnagiri Civil Hospital.
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Akshay Kerkar bought this second hand Mahindra Xylo five months ago. The incident took place at a part of the highway which is only 60ft wide and has an additional six feet of service lanes. Since the margin for error was low at this point and no railing in position, the car went straight and rammed into a jackfruit tree.