Eight persons were charred to death and 14 others were injured when a luxury bus collided with a diesel tanker near Kude village on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway in the wee hours today.
The charred remains of the luxury bus. Pic/Nimesh Dave
The luxury bus was going to Ahmedabad from Pune when it collided with the tanker at Kude village within the Manor police station limits in Palghar taluka. The accident took place around 1.40 am. The tanker belonged to the BPCL and was carrying diesel towards Hazira in Gujarat.
Due to the collision, both the vehicles immediately caught fire, police said. As per the initial reports, all the deceased were occupants of the ill-fated bus. Highway Traffic Police officials said that the identification of the people who died is taking time because the bodies have charred beyond recognition. The office of the district collector is collecting information about the passengers from the bus operator. The injured are undergoing treatment at Manor Rural Hospital and are said to be out of danger.
The diesel tanker and the bus that were involved in the accident. Pic/Nimesh Dave
Thane District Collector P Velrasu told PTI, "The administration is making all efforts to establish the identify of the victims and those identified would be handed over after due verification."
Fire engines from the nearby areas brought the fire under control, officials said, adding that the district and police authorities are supervising the relief and rescue operations.
On May 29, 2013 a similar accident involving a luxury bus and tanker close to this spot had left 14 people dead and 40 injured.