In what is a goriest road accident 33 students and staff of Maharashtra university were killed when the bus they were traveling skidded off and plunged into the ravine at Ambenali Ghat section in Raigad district on Saturday afternoon.
The accident occurred at the mountainous stretch when the students and staff were proceeding to Mahabaleshwar for a picnic.
District Collector Vijay Suryawanshi speaking to PTI confirmed the death of all the 34 occupants of the bus.
“The bus skidded off the road while passing through the mountainous region and fell into a 250 to 300 feet deep gorge. The stretch of the highway in the Western Ghats, where the accident occurred, has witnessed heavy rain for the last few days” say sources.
The bus had student and staff members of the Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth Agriculture University (Dapoli), who were on their way for a picnic to Mahabaleshwar when the accident occurred.
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Teams from the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) immediately rushed to the spot for the rescue operation.
Reports say that the sole survivor clambered up the mountainside and alerted locals.
State minister Vinod Tawde tweeted, “30 people, including students of Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth, were fatally injured after a bus falls down a mountain road on Mumbai-Goa highway near Raigad. Rescue operation underway. Instructed officials on prompt action.” The number of dead was revised later to 33.
#Maharashtra: Bus falls down a mountain road in Ambenali Ghat, in Raigad district, several feared injured; NDRF team rushed to the spot of the accident
— ANI (@ANI) July 28, 2018
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences. “Pained by the loss of lives due to a bus accident in Maharashtra’s Raigad district. My condolences to those who lost their loved ones,” PM Modi wrote.
“I’m sorry to hear about the Terrible Bus Accident in Raigad, Maharashtra in which a large number of people have been killed and many others injured. I appeal to Congress Party Workers in the area to provide all possible assistance to the injured and families of those who have died,” Congress president Rahul Gandhi tweeted.
I’m sorry to hear about the terrible bus accident in Raigad, Maharashtra in which a large number of people have been killed and many others injured. I appeal to Congress party workers in the area to provide all possible assistance to the injured & families of those who have died.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 28, 2018