Veteran Bollywood actor Shabana Azmi was rushed to the hospital after her car rammed into a truck on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Saturday evening. Azmi was heading towards Mumbai when her Safari crashed into a truck from her rear as both the vehicles were moving towards Mumbai.
The accident took place 2 kilometres before Khalapur toll booth around 4 pm, according to Maharashtra traffic police headquarters officials. As per Khalapur police, she has sustained minor injuries on her face including neck and chin and near the eye, as she was sitting next to the driver.Â
Azmiâ€™s husband and lyricist Javed Akhtar, who was travelling behind her in a separate car, an Audi, was safe and his car was not involved in the crash, said police.
â€œThe Safari was being driven by Azmiâ€™s driver followed by the Audi. The driver tried to overtake and ended up crashing into the moving truck from the rear,â€ said Vishwajeet Kainjade, inspector at Khalapur police station.
Within fifteen minutes of the accident, the police team reached the spot. However, by the time, the first responders had already rushed Azmi to the hospital. She is currently admitted at MGM Hospital in Kamothe.
Several Bollywood celebrities tweeted about the accident and wished for Shabanaâ€™s speedy recovery. Filmmaker Hansal Mehtra wrote, â€œThe Mumbai-Pune expressway has always been dangerous and there is little or no monitoring to prevent rash driving. Have seen so many terrible accidents there. Hope #ShabanaAzmi is fine. Dear @OfficeofUT please improve safety on this route urgently. It is quite a death trap.â€
Actor Swara Bhaskar tweeted, â€œShabana Azmi injured in road accident on Mumbai- Pune Expressway. OMG! Praying so hard.â€ Actor Gauahar Khan wrote, â€œShabanaji praying hard.â€ Ranvir Shorey tweeted, â€œOMG! This is terrible! Praying for @AzmiShabanaâ€™s safety and wishing her a speedy recovery!â€