Mumbai: At least 27 people were killed and 26 others injured when a stationery private mini-bus was rammed from the rear by a tempo on the Mumbai-Pune highway near Khalapur in the wee hours on Monday.
According to reports, eleven women and four children are among those who have died in the mishap.
According to the state highway police control, the accident occurred shortly after midnight when the ill-fated bus had halted for rectifying some technical problem.
Suddenly, a speeding tempo rammed it from the rear, instantaneously killing many of the occupants who were sleeping in the bus at that hour.
The bus, carrying members of a marriage party from Ghatkopar suburb of northeast Mumbai, was returning to Pune when the gruesome accident occurred near Khalapur village, officials said.
The critically injured passengers have been rushed to hospitals in Mumbai and Thane.
With Agency Input