The exploratory report mentions that the speed of Mercedes The vehicle was 100 km/h and the collision speed was 89 km/h at the time of impact, TOI has learned. The posted speed limit on this stretch is 40 km/h. “It was a deadly dose of speeding, left-passing, lane changes, not wearing seat belts and two out of seven airbags not deployed,” a source said.
Officials added that the road is divided into six lanes like a four-lane road, and the speed limit has been fixed at 40 km/h due to high vehicle traffic. The poll recommended interventions based on a number of civil engineering-related defects it discovered. It was also proposed to rearrange the line geometry in place.
Secretary of the road transport group Giridhar Aramane “The road has a capacity of about 1,6 lakh passenger vehicles (PCUs) per day and so there is almost no scope for extension and the location does not allow any major changes to be made. Even closing a single lane can lead to traffic jams for kilometers due to heavy traffic. Considering the traffic growth on this stretch, we are building Greenfield extends between Vadodara and Mumbai as part of the Delhi-Mumbai highway. Once operational, there will be less traffic on this stretch of road. ”
On the forensic report, Aramane said, “During the investigation, police identified speed as the main reason for the accident. The state needs to deploy parties to patrol the highway on this section of road. At our recent meeting with the states, we urged them to step up patrols and highway enforcement.”
According to reports, the Mercedes was traveling in the left lane while negotiating a bend. There are vehicles on the right and left and the car tries to overtake the car on the left, just before the collision. During the reckless overtaking, the car overtook the left side of the road and hit the railing of a bridge as the road narrowed.
The report also mentions that while the front, knee and curtain airbags are deployed on the driver’s side, the front curtain airbags on the seats and passengers are not deployed. The left rear curtain airbag is also not deployed.
It adds more details from the automaker and survivors’ versions to be compiled later.