Seven people were killed and 42 injured early on Monday when a Nashik-bound bus from Sikar in Rajasthan collided with a truck on the Ratlam-Neemuch national highway near Manankhera village. The truck was on its way to Ratlam.
One person, said to be in a critical state, was taken to Indore's MY hospital for treatment.
The accident took place as the bus with pilgrims aboard ran into the truck which was carrying cement. The passengers of the bus were travelling to Nashik to perform rituals on the occasion of Somvati Amavasya. Most of them were asleep when the incident took place around 3.30am.
The deceased were identified as Ramesh Kumar of Nawalgarh (Rajsthan), Kishore Singh of Churu (Rajasthan), Shyam Deshmukh of Jalgaon (Maharashtra), Mahendra kumar of Nawalgarh (Rajasthan), Santosh Damami of Ratlam (Madhya Pradesh) and Mukesh. The identity of one deceased was yet to be ascertained.
Ratlam collector Sanjay Goyal declared aid of Rs 5,000 for the injured and ex-gratia of Rs 15,000 for the kin of the deceased after the incident. He also ordered probe into the matter and asked sub-divisional magistrate, Ratlam, Sunil Jha to submit a probe report.