The death toll in Tuesday's bus-auto rickshaw collision in Maharashtra's Nashik district mounted to 26 on Wednesday with recovery of more bodies from the well in which both the vehicles had fallen, a police official said.
Mumbai, Jan 29: The death toll in Tuesday's bus-auto rickshaw collision in Maharashtra's Nashik district mounted to 26 on Wednesday with recovery of more bodies from the well in which both the vehicles had fallen, a police official said.
He said 32 people remained admitted in hospitals.
The accident occurred on Tuesday evening when a speeding state transport (ST) bus collided with an auto-rickshaw, causing both the vehicles to fall into a roadside well at Meshi Ghat near Deola in the north Maharashtra district, around 200 kms from here.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of at least 26 people in the accident and hoped for speedy recovery of the injured.
The death toll increased to 26 in the accident which took place on Tuesday when a bus and an auto rickshaw collided in Nashik.
"The accident in Maharashtra's Nashik district is unfortunate. In this hour of sadness, my thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest," the Prime Minister's Office said in a tweet quoting Modi.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh to kin of each deceased this evening.
Transport Minister Anil Parab has directed the district authorities to ensure all help to the victims including medical treatment.
The police are probing the cause of the accident and ascertaining of there are any more victims.
Later in the evening, police managed to fish out the vehicles, and efforts were onto rescue of any others were on.
The bus was carrying around 40 passengers while the autorickshaw had an unknown number of riders.
Work of identifying the victims and autopsy was being carried out.
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