At least 26 people were killed and another 27 injured when a tempo hit two stationery private mini-buses on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway at around 1 am today, officials said.
The accident occured near Khalapur, around 80 km from Mumbai. Around 60 people were on their way to Pune in two mini buses and an SUV after having attended a marriage in Ghatkopar on Sunday.
According to the Raigad police control, the accident occurred shortly after midnight when one of the two ill-fated mini-buses had halted for rectifying some technical problem.
Those injured have been admitted to various hospitals in Panvel and Pune
Suddenly, a speeding loaded tempo hit the two buses from the rear, instantaneously killing many of the occupants sleeping in the bus and running over the others who were waiting for a relief bus.
“As per our information,27 people have died while 28 are injured. Those injured have been admited to Ashavinayak hospital, Panacea hospital, both in Panvel and in Sasoon in Pune,” said RD Shinde, superintendent of Raigarh disrict.
One of the bus drivers, who survived, told mediapersons that the victims were caught completely unaware by the speeding tempo and a majority of them succumbed instantaneously after the hit.
List of some of the injured:
1. Shashikala Pathare (50)
2. Prajit Pathare (15)
3. Amol More (29)
4. Faiyyaz Shaikh (22)
5. Amir Khan (20)
6. Umravati Mhaske (30)
7. Sandhya Bhagat (30)
(With inputs from Saurabh Katkurwar)