Over 30 feared dead as bus falls into gorge near Mahabaleshwar

ST Correspondent
Saturday, 28 July 2018

The accident took place around 6.30 am. One of the injured staff somehow climbed up and informed the university officials around 10 am.

Pune: A bus carrying 40 persons fell down a mountain road in Ambenali Ghat in Raigad district on Saturday morning. Local MLA Bharat Gogawale said that 32 persons have died in the accident. 

The bus with 38 staff members of Konkan Agricultural University, Dapoli,  Raigad district, were travelling from Dapoli to Mahabaleshwar in Satara district, when it fell down into an 800 feet gorge near Dabhil Tok. 

The accident took place around 6.30 am. One of the injured staff somehow climbed up and informed the university officials around 10 am. Local police along with Trekkers groups launched the rescue operation.  A team from National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), Talegaon (Pune) have been sent with necessary equipment.  

Sanjay Bhave, a senior official of the University said, “Every year after paddy plantation, the staffs go for a picnic. This year too they were going for picnic, when the accident happened. We don't know more details about them.”

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