15 burnt to death, 57 hurt in Maharashtra accident

Nagpur : At least 15 people were burnt to death and 57 others injured when two private luxury buses collided and sparked off a fire early Monday in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district, police said.

Twenty of the injured are said to be in a critical state. The accident took place around 3.30 a.m. on the Mehkar-Sultanpur stretch of the Aurangabad-Nagpur highway, around 300 km from here, when most passengers were sleeping.

“The vehicles caught fire after the collision and at least 12 passengers were burnt in their seats,” Mehkar police station chief B.I. Suryawanshi said by phone.

The injured have been rushed to the Mehkar civil hospital.

“The buses belonged to Royal Travels and Soni Travels. One of them was coming from Nagpur and going to Pune while the other was going to Nagpur,” Suryawanshi said.

Locals rushed to assist and helped shift the injured to hospital. The identity of the victims is being ascertained.

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