Bus carrying university staff falls into gorge in Maha; 33 killed

Bus carrying university staff falls into gorge in Maha; 33 killed
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Mumbai: A bus, on its way to a hill station, fell into a gorge in Raigad district of Maharashtra this afternoon killing 33 passengers, senior officials said.
The bus was carrying 34 staff members of an agriculture university in the Konkan region. It fell into a 500-feet deep gorge at Ambenali Ghat near Poladpur town, around 180 km from here, District Collector Vijay Suryawanshi told PTI.
Thirty-three passengers died in the accident which took place at around 12.30 pm, he said.
SP Anil Paraskar said the passengers were on their way to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Satara district, for a picnic, when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and fell into the gorge.
All passengers of the bus were all staff of Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth in Dapoli town, he said.
A team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been called to the spot to take pull out the bodies from the ill-fated bus. A dozen ambulances and 15 doctors have also reached the spot, Additional SP Sanjay Patil said.—

Modi condoles deaths
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has conveyed his condolences to the families of those killed in a bus accident in Maharashtra Saturday.
A bus, on its way to a hill station, fell into a gorge in Raigad district of Maharashtra this afternoon killing 33 passengers.
“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,” the PMO tweeted quoting Modi.
All passengers of the bus were staff of Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth in Dapoli town, Raigad SP Anil Paraskar said.
The passengers were on their way to Mahabaleshwar, a hill station in Satara district, for a picnic, when the driver lost control over the vehicle while negotiating a turn and fell into the gorge, he said.