A tanker crashed into a number of vehicles at Pune’s Navale bridge on Sunday, injuring over 30 people. It left a pile-up of as many as 48 vehicles on the Pune-Bengaluru highway, a Pune Fire Brigade official said.
“A major road accident occurred at Navale bridge on the Pune-Bengaluru highway in Pune in which about 48 vehicles got damaged. Rescue teams from the Pune Fire Brigade and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority (PMRDA) have reached the spot,” the official said.
Pune Fire Brigade and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority rushed to the scene. The injured people in the massive accident were rushed to the hospital after being removed from the damaged vehicles.
Bystanders clicked photos and videos of the incident and posted them on social media where the horrific pileup could be seen after the speeding tanker collided with several vehicles.
According to local media, the brakes of a tanker failed just before the accident, which reportedly occurred at 9 pm. After the collision, oil spilled onto the road, which made it slippery. This caused other vehicles to be added to the pileup. After the Pune Fire Brigade arrived on the scene, they sprayed the road with water to wash away the oil and petrol which had leaked from the vehicles.
The accident also left traffic congestion on the road to Mumbai with over 2 km-long holdups being reported.
For the last few days, Navle Bridge has become a hot spot for accidents. On Friday, a woman was killed after being hit by a speeding car near the bridge on the outer ring road.