Grim Statistics: 88 Fatalities Reported on Samruddhi Expressway in Maharashtra Since December 2022, Confirms State Authority
A state highway police official in Maharashtra has revealed concerning statistics regarding road accidents on two major expressways. The Nagpur-Mumbai expressway, which was partially opened in December last year, has witnessed a total of 39 fatal accidents, resulting in the loss of 88 lives in the last six months. Similarly, the Samruddhi Expressway has seen 88 fatalities in road accidents, with 25 deaths occurring on a recent Saturday when a private bus collided with a divider and caught fire.
According to the official, one of the leading causes of these accidents is road hypnosis, also known as highway hypnosis or driving hypnosis. This phenomenon refers to a state in which drivers become mentally disengaged or zoned out while operating their vehicles, often leading to an inability to recall specific events during that period of driving.
The Nagpur-Mumbai expressway has also experienced 616 minor and major accidents, resulting in injuries to 656 individuals. The primary reasons behind these accidents include over-speeding, drivers falling asleep at the wheel, and tire bursts. Authorities are actively working to address the issue of road hypnosis on the expressway. It is worth noting that road accidents in Maharashtra as a whole claimed the lives of 15,224 individuals in 2022.
The most recent tragedy occurred on the Samruddhi Expressway in Buldhana district, where 25 passengers lost their lives when a private bus collided with a divider and subsequently caught fire. Currently, a 601-kilometer stretch of the 701-kilometer Nagpur-Mumbai Samruddhi Mahamarg is operational, connecting the largest city in Vidarbha to Bharvir in Nashik.
Efforts are being made to mitigate the frequency and severity of accidents on these expressways, including addressing the issue of road hypnosis, which poses a significant risk to drivers’ safety. The authorities are working towards creating a safer environment for commuters and reducing the loss of life on the roads.
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