A senior police constable on night duty was crushed to death by a speeding trailer-truck in the wee hours on Thursday, police said.
The victim, Fakira Sukdu Tadvi (45), was working as a driver of the control room van attached to the Sahapur police station.
“At around 3.30 am, he spotted a vegetable-laden tempo overturned on a road at Sonale village between Sahapur and Bhiwandi talukas of Thane district. Tadvi got down from his van to help occupants of the tempo,” said police.
At the same time, a trailer truck coming from behind hit the tempo crushing Tadvi.
The policeman sustained severe wounds in the mishap and was rushed to Fortis Hospital at Kalyan where doctors declared him dead.
The body has been taken to his hometown in Jalgaon for the last rites.
A search is on for the truck driver who fled from the spot after the accident.