2 dead as Shivshahi bus with 40 passengers topples off the road near Katraj; 26 injured
At least nine passengers have been seriously injured. All passengers have been rescued from the toppled bus.Updated: Nov 26, 2019 17:20 IST
KHED SHIVAPUR Two people have died and 26 are injured after a Shivshahi bus, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation’s (MSRTC) premium service, slid off the road and landed on its side on Monday afternoon, at Shindewadi near the old Katraj tunnel.
The bus was heading from Pune to Sangli and had left Swargate bus stand at 10:30 am.
The deceased have been identified as Appasaheb Bapusaheb Desai, 76, a resident of Baramati and Jagannath Maruti Salunkhe, 28, a resident of Digraj, Miraj, Sangli.
While Desai was brought dead to Siddhivinayak hospital along with 15 injured co-passengers, the unidentified body was that of a male who was estimated to be in his early 30s.
The driver of the bus has been identified as Amit Abhinandan Chaugule, 28, a resident of Shirole in Kolhapur, who has sustained serious injuries.
Ten injured persons have been admitted at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Siddhivinayak Multispecialty Hospital in Sasewadi and Shlok Hospital in Khed Shivapur with various fractures and head injuries while the others have sustained minor fractures.
SS Shinde, Swargate depot manager said, “When the bus left, there were 28 passengers in it and eight boarded the bus on the way. The bus is maintained and hired by MSRTC from Bahirat Transport. It is a private company that works with MSRTC.”
Sunil Vitthal Shete, 48, owner of a restaurant called Hotel Chul Mutton Rassa, in front of which the accident took place, said, “I was in my restaurant when I heard a very loud noise. When I came out, the entire area was filled with dust and when it cleared up in a few seconds, we saw the tyres of the bus first. There were two babies in it and two people were completely stuck under the bus.”
One of the two people whom Shete was referring to was Priyanka Budrukh, 24, a resident of Sangli who had come to Pune to appear for Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) exam. The MTech postgraduate has a complete loss of sensation under her waist.
Sanjay Ramteke, fire official, Katraj fire division, said, “All people were pulled out before we got there, but we know that the bus was full. A crane was called in and the bus was pulled back upright.”
The injured have been identified as Arun Joshi, Arun Patil, Sumedh Abale, Maruti Baramate, Rajesh Bansode, Virbhadra Sutar, 78; Chandrashekhar Navgunde, 66; Vivek Chavan, 26; Ashwini Varekar, 55; Anandi Joshi, 4; Smita Joshi, 64; Urmila Pawar, 30; Swati Kamble, 30; Tejal Suryavanshi, 21; Balasaheb Gaikwad, 63; Hindurao Devkar, 71; Rohit Bhagat, 24; Kedar Yadav, 24; Abhideep Dhende, 32; Prachi Nilakhe, 23; Pradnya Mane, 30; Bhakti Joshi, 30; Rahul Patil, 32; and Sudhir Dhon, 50.
A case has been registered at Rajgad police station against Chaugule under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code as well as the Motor Vehicle Act.