1 Jul 2023

Accident on Maharashtra's Buldhana Expressway, 26 passengers burnt alive in bus fire

Twenty six bus passengers were charred to death after the vehicle caught fire on the Samruddhi Expressway in Maharashtra's Buldhana district on Saturday. The bus going from Nagpur to Pune hit the pole, climbed the divider and overturned, causing it to catch fire. There were 34 people in the bus, out of which 26 died on the spot due to burns.

As per preliminary information, a bus tire burst and the vehicle hit a pole, collided with a divider and caught fire.

Eight people saved their lives by breaking the window glass of the bus. The accident happened around 1.30 in the night. Buldhana SP Sunil Kadasne said, the driver of the bus has survived the accident.

The SP said that the accident happened after the tire burst and the bus caught fire. Later the diesel tank of the bus caught fire, due to which the fire spread. 3 children have also died in the accident.

According to eyewitnesses, the driver had lost balance on the bus. The bus first hit an iron pole. Then collided with the concrete divider built in the middle of the road and overturned. The bus veered to the left, causing the bus door to come down. In such a situation, people had no way out. Police has taken out 26 dead bodies from the bus. It is difficult to identify the dead bodies due to severe burns.

People present on the spot say that the diesel tank of the bus exploded due to overturning. Due to this diesel spread on the road. This started a fire. In no time, the fire engulfed the entire bus. Everyone got burnt except a few people.

The private travels bus was on way from Nagpur to Pune when it rammed into a divider around 1.30 am near Sindkhedraja in Buldhana district, the police said.

Eknath Shinde announces ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh 

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next kin of the deceased and free treatment for those injured in the bus accident in Buldhana on the Samruddhi Mahamarg Expressway on Saturday.

Shinde has announced the compensation from the Chief Minister's relief fund.

"Expressing condolences to the deceased and their families in this unfortunate incident, the Chief Minister has announced an assistance of Rs 5 lakh each from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to the families of the deceased," an official statement from the CM's office said.

The Maharashtra CM has also ordered a probe into the accident which claimed many lives. Stating that he was distressed by the horrific accident, the Chief Minister has ordered an inquiry into the incident.

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