MUMBAI: The death toll in the major road mishap in in Maharashtra’s Nashik district on Tuesday has risen to 21 with 6 more people succumbing to their injuries on Wednesday.
The accident occurred when a speeding state transport (ST) bus collided with an auto-rickshaw, causing both the vehicles to fall into a roadside at Meshi Phata on the Malegaon-Deola Road in the North Maharashtra district, around 200km from Mumbai, said a News18 report.
The deceased included passengers travelling in both the vehicles, the report said, adding the bus driver also lost his life in the crash. Nine women and a seven-year-old girl were among the deceased.
The impact of the collision was so severe that the bus dragged the auto-rickshaw along with it and both the vehicles fell into a roadside well, the report quoting officials said.
The state government has announced Rs 10 lakh compensation each to the kin of the deceased.
The ill-fated bus was on its way to Kalwan town in Nashik from the adjoining Dhule district, while the auto-rickshaw was coming from opposite direction.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has directed the administration to provide all possible help to the people injured in the accident, the state's Directorate General of Information and Public Relations said in a late night tweet.
Thackeray has also asked the administration to take help of the NDRF to speed up the rescue operation, according to another tweet.
Transport Minister and MSRTC chairman Anil Parab termed the accident as unfortunate and announced Rs 10 lakh compensation each to the kin of the deceased. He said the MSRTC will bear the entire cost of treatment of the injured people.
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