Three people died while 26 others suffered severe injuries when two buses collided on the Mumbai-Goa highway on Thursday. The accident occurred around 40 kilometers away from Pen en-route to Goa near Roha.
The police said a State Transport (ST) bus, carrying 40 people, was going from Mumbai to Goa when it hit a Volvo luxury bus that was coming towards Mumbai at 2am on Thursday.
The Volvo turned turtle while the state transport bus skidded about three feet killing three people including the driver of the bus.
The deceased have been identified as Nandu Missal and Bharti Balchandra, passengers on the ST bus and Venkat Sonvate, the driver the ST bus.
The bodies of the deceased have been sent to the Roha civil hospital for post mortem. Some of the injured were rushed to nearby hospitals while others were taken to Sion Hospital in Mumbai.
The police said the highway traffic police post, were patrolling the area when they were informed about the accident.
“When our team reached the spot, we saw that the passengers sitting right behind the driver of the ST bus were severely injured,” said police sub inspector S Chavan, from the Roha police station.
The police said the Volvo driver was at fault because he was speeding and lost control of the bus. “We have not arrested the driver of the Volvo bus as he has been admitted to the hospital with severe injuries,” added Chavan.
The police officers said the road is quite narrow and in the night bus and truck drivers tend to over speed on the empty stretch.
“There are many blind curves on the stretch and we always caution drivers to drive slowly. There are many signs on the roads asking the drivers to go slow,” said an officer from the highway traffic police on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.