Pune: Coming on the heels of accident of a tourist bus in Poladpur, another accident rocked the Raigad district on Saturday, although, none of the 31 occupants of the Shivshahi bus received fatal injuries.
Per the local police, a Dapoli-Pune Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus turned turtle while heading towards Pune on Saturday about 11.30 am near Lonere village in Mangaon taluka of Raigad district, after the driver lost control over the wheel. All 31 passengers who received major and minor injuries were admitted to sub-district health centre in Raigad.
According to the police, 14 of the 31 passengers of the bus including the on-duty conductor had received minor injuries in the incident. They were treated for injuries and mental shock before being sent towards Pune in another bus arranged by MSRTC.
“The incident apparently happened when the driver was trying to overtake a vehicle. He saw another vehicle coming from the opposite side and to avoid a collision, he manoeuvered the bus towards the edge of the road. It skidded off the road, overturned and fell into the fields located about 5 feet below the road surface,” said an officer with Goregaon police station in Raigad district. The Raigad police recorded the incident under the relevant sections of Motor Vehicle Act and said that an appropriate offence will be registered following preliminary investigation.
The police have denied the charge being circulated on social media and television news channels that the driver fled the spot. “Driver Pradip Bhaskar Dixit was present at the accident spot. Once the police reached the spot, he was advised to reach the Goregaon police station considering the possibility of enraged passengers or locals assaulting him,” said the police official.
On July 28, a bus carrying 32 passengers of which 30 were staffers of Dapoli-based Balasaheb Sawant Konkan Krishi Vidyapeeth had fallen into an 800-foot deep gorge while crossing the dangerous Ambenali Ghat on the Poladpur-Mahabaleshwar road. Of the occupants, only one person had survived.
Locals have long complained of absence of protective fencing along the narrow roads in Ambenali and Pasarni Ghats in Raigad and Satara districts. According to them, accidents involving vehicles falling into the gorges can be avoided if proper fencing is put in place throughout the roads in ghat sections.