Pune: The driver and cleaner of a truck died when the heavy vehicle fell into Mutha river from old Sangam Bridge after breaching the safety wall on Saturday. The incident took place at around 5 am.
The deceased have been identified as Chandrakant Shivanna Pujari (22) and Santosh Vithal Hevle (21), both residents of Matki in Gulbarga, Karnataka.
According to Fire Brigade and police officials, the speeding truck laden with iron goods got stuck in the slush. Both of them struggled to save their lives but water entered the cabin before lifeguard Rajesh Kanchi, called by police, could reach them.
The Fire Brigade personnel and Kanchi said that they heard voices 'Mai andar hu (I am inside)' but within five minutes, there was complete silence.
An officer said, "The truck had turned upside down and there was not much water in the river. But before the lifeguard could get inside the cabin, which was filling with water, they had drowned. We could hear a voice but we could not save them."
The first body was brought out at 8.30 am and the second one was brought out after some time.
Later, Shivajinagar police registered a case of rash driving and causing death due to negligence against driver Pujari.
Old Sangam Bridge closed for 2 days
For repairing the safety wall, which was broken by the truck, in the old Sangam Bridge, Pune traffic police have closed the bridge for traffic for two days. Citizens have been appealed to avoid the bridge on Sunday and Monday.