Thane: Seven killed in road accidents in 24 hours

(Eds: Combining related stories) Thane, Dec 3 (PTI) Seven people, including a couple and their four-year-old daughter, were killed in three separate accidents in Maharastra's Thane district since Monday evening, police said.

Two members of a family were killed and six others injured when their car met with an accident while they were on way to attend a funeral in the district on Monday evening, an official said.

The accident took place on the Mumbai-Agra Highway in the Asangaon area when the speeding car suffered a tyre burst, following which the driver lost control over the wheels, the official from Shahapur police said.

The vehicle then hit a road-divider and overturned, he added.

'The victims, all from Nashik, were on their way to attend a funeral in Thane. Two of them died while six others were injured in the mishap,' he said.

The deceased were identified as Prakash Bhavar (55) and Suman Toche (60).

The injured persons were admitted to a government-run hospital in Shahapur, he said, adding that a case of accidental death was registered.

In an accident that took place on Tuesday morning, a couple and their four-year-old daughter were killed when a truck hit their scooter, police said.

The couple's minor son, who was also with them on the two-wheeler, sustained injuries and is undergoing treatment at a hospital, a police official said.

The incident occurred at Vikas Naka in Dombivli at around 10 am when the speeding brick-laden truck knocked down the scooter, killing three persons, he said, adding that the truck driver fled the scene.

The deceased have been identified as Ganesh Chowdhari (32), his wife Urmila (25) and their daughter Hansika, he added.

Meanwhile, a 40-year-old teacher was crushed to death by a dumper in Thane district's Dombivli town on Tuesday afternoon, police said.

Prabhakar Tokhe, a teacher with DNC School, was crushed by a dumper while he was riding his scooter at Patharli Naka, an official said.

Tokhe was also the office bearer of the teachers cell of the NCP's Dombivili-Kalyan unit, he added.

The police are on the look out for the dumper driver, who fled the scene after the accident, he said. PTI COR ARU ARU