Mumbai, (Hindustan Times ): At least seven people were charred to death and 11 others injured when a luxury bus collided with a diesel tanker near Thane district’s Kude village on the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway early on Wednesday, police said.
The bus immediately caught fire after the collision.
“The mishap occurred at around 1.30am at Kude village, about 10 km from Manor. Ten of the injured passengers are being treated at Manor rural hospital while one has been moved to Thane. Those who were injured have sustained medium to minor injuries,” said an official.
“The bodies could not be identified as they are charred beyond recognition. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. The district administration is in the process of contacting the bus operator to get the names of the passengers travelling in the bus,” Thane district collector P Velrasu told PTI.
The tanker belongs to Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, one of the largest public sector oil marketing companies in India, and was carrying diesel towards Hazira in Gujarat.
The highway from Shirsad (Virar) to Manor was closed for three hours since 2am. Traffic was diverted from Wada-Bhiwandi road.
In May last year, 14 people were killed and 40 injured in a similar accident involving a luxury bus and tanker close to this spot.
(With PTI inputs)