Seventeen people died and over 30 were injured when a luxury bus veered off into a ditch after colliding with two stationary cars on the Pune-Mumbai corridor expressway early on Sunday morning.
The bus was travelling from Satara to Mumbai when it rammed into a Swift DZire and Toyota Innova that had stopped to the side of the road, near Shedung in Raigad, at around 5 am. The DZire car had been punctured and the driver of the Innova had stopped to help change the tyre when the accident took place.
Thrown off course, the bus fell into a 20 foot ditch to the left of the highway.
The injured were immediately rushed to the MGM hospital in Panvel.
Police, who were ensuring first aid had been administered, said their first priority was to take people to hospital after which they will begin investigations.
The death toll is also expected to rise as there were several grievously injured among those rushed to the hospital, police added.
(With inputs from agencies)