32 varsity staffers die as their picnic bus plunges into ravine

Aaron Brown
July 29, 2018

33 people were feared killed and one injured after a private bus plunged into a 500 feet gorge in the mountainous section of Poladpur in Raigad district of Maharashtra on Sunday.

An excursion met a tragic end when a bus carrying university staff plunged into a valley in Raigad district on Saturday morning, reportedly killing over 30 passengers on board.

Around 12.30pm, Randive learnt that the bus carrying his colleagues had fallen into a gorge off Ambenali ghat near Poladpur, 180 km from Mumbai. Police said that the accident took place at around 9 AM today when the driver lost control of the bus.

The sole survivor, Prakash Sawant-Desai, who escaped the tragedy with minor injuries, managed to climb to safety and alerted the university and police authorities of the accident around 10.30am.

It met with an accident near Raigad-Satara district's boundary. Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the victims were employees of Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth. Meanwhile, a National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team has been rushed to the spot and rescue operation is underway.

According to local media reports, a dozen ambulances and 15 doctors arrived at the scene of the accident.

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Earlier this month, at least 48 people died and 11 others were left injured after an overloaded bus fell into a 200-metre gorge in Uttarakhand's Pauri district.

All the passengers were staffers of Konkan Agriculture University in Ratnagiri and were on their way to the popular tourist destinations of Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani on the Mumbai-Goa highway for a weekend picnic.

NDRF teams are now at the accident site and carrying out the relief and rescue work. The government will also bear the medical expenses of the injured. "But when they called me I said I will not be able to make it because I was not well", said Randive.

"Pained to know about the loss of lives in the Mahabaleshwar bus accident".

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also condoled the deaths. "My condolences to those who lost their loved ones", PM Modi wrote. "I appeal to Congress party workers in the area to provide all possible assistance to the injured and families of those who have died".

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