25 dead, 8 injured after bus catches fire on Maharashtra expressway

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At least 25 people were killed and eight more were hurt after the bus they were riding in caught fire early on Saturday morning in Maharashtra after colliding with a pole. According to the police, there were 30 passengers, two drivers, and another employee on board the bus that was traveling from Nagpur to Pune. The event allegedly occurred at approximately two in the morning when the bus driver lost control of it, according to the police. The driver, who survived the collision, is being investigated by the police, who believe he may have dozed off behind the wheel.

“The bus was travelling at a high speed when it hit the pole and then a wall on the highway. Due to its impact, the two (front) tyres came off and the diesel tank of the bus exploded, following which the bus caught fire,” said a senior police official.

A police officer claimed that because of the beds inside the sleeper bus, it immediately caught fire. “The bus’s driver is still alive. The authority also stated that another driver who was asleep inside the vehicle had passed away. Local and highway traffic police, as well as representatives from other governmental bodies, arrived at the scene after being informed. “A local hospital was dispatched to treat all of the injured. 25 individuals have already died as a result of their injuries, according to a top police officer.

In the meantime, the state government offered Rs 5 lakh in compensation to the victims’ families. The accident scene will be visited by Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Buldhana.

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