Maharashtra: 25 killed as bus, autorickshaw collide, plunge into well

Nashik, January 29, 2020

At least 25 passengers were killed and another 30 rescued when a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus and an autorickshaw collided and fell into a well near Malegaon here on Tuesday evening, officials said.

The incident occurred on the busy Malegaon-Deola Road on Tuesday. At least two persons had still not been accounted for, whereas 10 persons seriously injured were admitted in local hospitals.

Even as the two ill-fated vehicles had been fished out by late Tuesday, teams of local rescuers and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)continued efforts to trace the missing passengers amid fears of further increase in the death toll.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray had announced an ex- gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh to the next-of-kin of the deceased persons.

Transport Minister Anil Parab had directed district authorities to ensure all help to the survivors, including treatment.

The police are probing the cause of the mishap.

The bus was ferrying around 40 passengers while there was no information on the number of passengers in the autorickshaw.

The process to conduct autopsies on the bodies, identify the deceased, and handing over the bodies to the relatives was underway, officials said.

IANS

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