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Tragic Accident on Samriddhi Highway Claims 12 Lives, Injures 23 Devotees from Nashik

Private Bus Carrying Devotees to Sailani Baba's Dargah Collides With Stationary Truck at Toll Booth

Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar | October 15, 2023: A horrific accident unfolded on the Samriddhi Highway near Vaijapur when a private travel bus, returning from a pilgrimage to Sailani Baba’s Dargah in Buldhana, collided with a stationary truck at the Jambargaon toll booth. Tragically, 12 individuals lost their lives in the accident, including a four-month-old infant, while 23 passengers sustained severe injuries and are currently receiving medical treatment at Vaijapur and Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar Ghati Hospitals. Preliminary reports indicate that all the passengers involved in this tragic incident hail from Pathardi and Indiranagar in Nashik district.

Initial investigations reveal that the ill-fated private travel bus was carrying devotees from Nashik who had embarked on a spiritual journey to visit Sailani Baba’s Dargah in Buldhana district. The bus, with a total of 35 passengers on board, was en route from Buldhana to Nashik when it encountered officials from the Regional Transport Department conducting a routine inspection at the Vaijapur Jambargaon Shivara toll booth along the Nagpur-Mumbai Samriddhi Highway in Chhatrapati Sambhajinagar district. Tragically, the accident occurred when the bus, traveling behind a stationary truck, collided with the truck.

The impact of the collision was so severe that the front portion of the travel bus was crushed, resulting in the immediate loss of 12 lives. Among the victims was a four-year-old child.

Upon receiving news of the incident, the local administration sprang into action, initiating immediate relief efforts. Injured passengers were swiftly transported to nearby hospitals, including the Government Medical College Ghati Hospital, where arrangements had been made to accommodate the influx of patients. In response to the gravity of the situation, additional police forces were dispatched to the accident site to manage the situation.

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