As many as 27 people were killed and 13 others injured after a Maharashtra state transport bus plunged into a valley in Malshei Ghat near here on Thursday.
According to officials there were around 40 passengers in the bus, which was on its way from Kalyan to Ahmednagar. After the accident, locals rushed to the spot and carried out rescue operations.
The accident happened at around 9.30 am. While initial reports said that the bus fell into the 40ft deep valley after the driver lost control, MSRTC spokesperson Mukund Dhas said a truck carrying logs had come from the opposite direction hitting the bus. It was only after 10.30 am that Fire Brigade and other police personnel rushed to the spot. The injured were rushed to hospitals in Pune, Murbad and Tokawade. The death toll could go up as three more patients were in a critical condition.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has promised `2 lakh to the families of the deceased in addition to the Rs. 3 lakh that the MSRTC has announced. The state as well as the MSRTC would take care of all the expenses of the injured, said the Chief Minister.