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At least four people were killed and one injured in a road accident on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway on Wednesday. Local police sources told International Business Times, India, that all five were travelling in the same car. 

The accident is said to to have happened near the Malavli Diwali bridge on the highway, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Lonavla Rural Police. Police personnel, including a deputy superintendent of police, have rushed to the spot. 

The deceased have been identified as Kunal Sanjay Nigudkar, Omkar Pravin Manchalkar, Ajinkya Karkhanis and Rajvir Thakur. All four were friends who had hired the car for a trip to Lonavla. The police told IBTimes India the quartet had arrived in Lonavla on Tuesday and were returning home on Wednesday when the incident occured. 

The accident is said to have occurred because the driver  of the car, identified as one Imran Sheikh, lost control of the vehicle and hit a divider near the bridge. It is believed the incessant rain and the subsequent deterioration of the road conditions had led to the accident.

Sheikh, also a resident of Pune, was rushed to a local hospital, where he is being treated for his injuries. Meanwhile, the bodies of the four friends have been sent for post-mortem examination.

Their parents have been informed, and they will receive custody of the bodies after the post-mortem examination. 

The accident comes on the same day at least two people died and 20 others are missing after a part of a British-era bridge was washed away in the Raigad district of Maharashtra.