A Neeta luxury bus spun out of control, drove over a divider and hit an Innova car on the Nashik-Mumbai highway on Saturday evening, killing nine people and injuring 20. The incident took place in Lahegaon near the Cico Pipe Company and the injured have been transferred to Shahapur hospital. Dilip Salunke, police inspector, Shahapur police station, says, “A pulsar bike entered the Nashik highway unexpectedly while the Neeta luxury bus was travelling towards Mumbai. While trying to save the biker, the bus driver lost control. The bus drove over the divider and hit the Innova car which was coming from Mumbai. It was then into the farm adjoining the highway.”
Sunil Vodke, senior police inspector, Shahapur police station, says, “Around nine people are dead in the incident and 20 were injured. All of them are sent to Shahapur government hospital, while few are sent to Kardia Care hospital in Shahapur.” The incident took place in Lahegaon near the Cico Pipe Company.
The Innova diver Darshan Kumar, a resident of Jharkhand, died on the spot. He was accompanied by two children and a women, who also died. “We will register a case against the driver of the bus who is absconding,” said Vodke.
Fifty one-year-old Rajendra Sharma, one of the injured, explained that the bus had 52 passengers and that the driver drove rashly.
“Twenty of us came from Chandni Chowk in Delhi to Shirdi for darshan three days before. We boarded the bus from Shirdi to Mumbai on Saturday morning, as we were coming to take darshan of Lalbaugcha Raja in Mumbai. We were supposed to leave for Delhi on Sunday evening. But now, I suppose we have to cancel our tickets because of the accident.”