Eight people, including a six-year-old boy, were killed and 18 injured when a Toyota Qualis collided with a state transport bus on the Mumbai-Goa highway early on Friday. Six of those killed belonged to two families from Tardeo and Andheri, while the driver of the Qualis was also a Mumbaiite.
The accident took place at Loharmal village near Poladpur, in Raigad district, 250 km from Mumbai.
Pratap Digavkar, superintendent of police, Raigad, told Hindustan Times that all those killed in the accident were travelling from Goa to Mumbai in the Qualis. Those injured were passengers of the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus going to Goa from Mahad.
Those killed are Amit Shinde (26), Avdhoot Shinde (28), Shobha Shinde (45), Saili Bhukam (41), Sahil Bhukam (6), Surekha Bhukam (45), Manoj Patel (40) and Ravindra Salvi (40). While Patel was driving the Qualis, Salvi was from Kankavli in Sindhudurg district.
The accident took place at 3 am when Patel tried to overtake a truck. The car, which was in the wrong lane, rammed into the bus heading in the opposite direction.
Police said Patel’s body was mutilated beyond recognition and it took time to identify him. A case of negligent and rash driving would be registered against him.
This is the second major accident on the Mumbai-Goa highway in the last two weeks. On May 11, three of a family died and nine others were hurt when their minibus was sandwiched between a bus and an SUV near Indapur in Raigad district.