At least six people have been reportedly killed and many others have been injured after a bus rammed into a truck in the Satara district of Maharashtra on Thursday, September 12, 2019, a police official has said.
"The accident took place around 5 am near the Mhasave village located nearly 100 from here, on the Mumbai-Bengaluru National highway No.4," he said. The private bus was travelling from Mumbai to Belagavi in Karnataka when it hit the truck on its rear side near Mhasave village, the police official added.
The truck was said to be speeding and it developed a flat tyre. The driver of the truck attempted to stop in the centre of the road so as to prevent the truck from going out of control and this is when the bus came from behind and rammed into the truck.
On receiving information about the collision, the Satara police and ambulances rushed to the spot. “At least six people, including the bus driver, were killed and 15 others injured in the mishap," Satara's Superintendent of Police Tejaswi Satpute said. All the injured persons were undergoing treatment at a state-run hospital, she said, adding that the condition of three of them was reported to be serious.
Expert doctors were attending to the injured and treatment was being carried out. The doctors are trying as hard as possible to prevent the casualty count from rising.
Due to low visibility on the road in the early morning hours, the bus driver was apparently not able to see the truck in front. As a result, the bus rammed into it, another police official said. The police official added that a case has been registered and an investigation was on to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. The accident zone has been cleared out.