Monday 16 October 2023

12 Killed, 23 Injured in Mini Bus Accident on Samruddhi Expressway

At least 12 people were killed and 23 others injured when a mini bus collided with a container truck on the Samruddhi Expressway in Maharashtra's Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar district on Sunday. The accident took place in the early hours of the morning, around 12.30 am, near Vaijapur.

The bus was carrying 35 passengers who were returning from a pilgrimage to Sailani Baba Dargah in Buldhana district and heading back to Nashik. The container truck was reportedly stationary on the roadside, and the bus driver allegedly lost control of the vehicle and rammed into it.

The impact of the collision was so severe that the mini bus was completely mangled. Rescue workers had to cut open the vehicle to rescue the passengers. The injured passengers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Twelve passengers died on the spot, including five men, six women, and a minor girl. The bus driver was also among the injured.

The relatives of the passengers have alleged negligence on the part of RTO personnel. They claim that RTO personnel instructed the container truck to stop suddenly, causing the bus to crash into it.

The police have registered a case and are investigating the matter.

The Samruddhi Expressway is a 701-km-long highway that connects Mumbai to Nagpur. It is one of the longest expressways in India and was inaugurated in August 2022.

The accident on the Samruddhi Expressway has raised concerns about road safety on the highway. This is the second major accident to occur on the expressway in three months. In July, eight people were killed when a bus overturned on the expressway.

The authorities need to take steps to improve road safety on the Samruddhi Expressway. This includes conducting regular safety inspections, enforcing traffic rules, and educating drivers and passengers about road safety.

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