Four killed after luxury bus crashes into tree

Four people were killed and several others suffered injuries in the wee hours yesterday when the driver of a luxury bus lost control of the vehicle on the Mumbai-Goa highway and rammed into a nearby tree in Raigad district. .

The culprit, Anand Panchad (37), was arrested by the Nagothane cops and has been booked under Section 304 (A) of IPC, said a sub-inspector from the police station.

The incident took place around 4 am, after which the victims were rushed to Purohit and Lifeline hospitals in Panvel, and many were later shifted to civic-run Sion Hospital. The deceased were identified as Sandeep Sudhakar Rane (35) from Malvan, Suhaas Gode (32) from Devgadh district, and Ashok Tavde (35) and Dilesh Rane (42), both from Kankavali.

Dilesh succumbed to multiple injuries in Sion Hospital around 5 pm yesterday where his post-mortem was conducted. Dr Avinash Supe, dean of the institute, said, “Seven patients were brought to the hospital around 8.30 am, of which three are in a critical state and are being treated in the trauma ward. Three others are recuperating in the general ward of the hospital and their condition is stable as of now.”

Kedar Juvekar (56), Siddesh Juvekar (20) and Aparna Juvekar (36) were discharged from the hospital after being treated on OPD basis, as they had sustained minor injuries. Suhasini Gode (35), who was admitted to the general ward of the hospital, lost her husband Suhaas in the mishap. She was discharged from the hospital around 6.30 pm after receiving treatment. Speaking to MiD DAY, Vinit Gode, a relative, said, “They were commuting by a luxury bus of Rameshwar Travels from Tarale district in Satara to the city when the mishap took place. She has now returned to the village to perform her husband’s last rites.”

The other patients who were treated at Sion Hospital include Sayali Pednekar (32) from Wadala, Philip Fernandes (36) from Malad (E), and Dashrath Chauhan (34) from Mazgaon.  

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