A total of 12 passengers died and over 25 injured after a bus fell into a gorge in Maharashtra’s Raigad district, according to police official. The bus had around 40 passengers and was on its way to Mumbai from Pune. The accident took place near Shingroba temple on the old Mumbai-Pune highway.
Rescue work is underway to move the injured passengers to nearest hospital. Raigad superintendent of police was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, “There were 40 to 45 people in the bus, out of which, seven people have died while more than 25 people are injured, the rescue is still underway, a crane has been called to pull out the bus.”
According to ANI, passengers belonged to an organization who were returning after attending an event in Pune.
An unnamed police official gave details about the injured and deceased to news agency PTI, he said, “The bus was carrying members of ‘Baji Prabhu Vaadak Group’ from Mumbai’s Goregaon. They were returning to Goregaon after taking part in an event in Pimpri Chinchwad area in Pune district. The bus had left the venue around 1 am on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis regarding a road accident in Raigad.
As per ANI report, Maharashtra Dy. CM Devendra Fadnavis said,” This was a very unfortunate incident that happened in Raigad’s Khopoli area. There were 41 passengers on that bus, 12 passengers died on the spot, rest of the passengers have been taken out. Those injured are under treatment. Those who lost their lives will get financial help from the govt. An inquiry has been ordered to find reason behind the accident.”