Six pilgrims killed in Maharashtra road accident

September 15th, 2008 - 5:51 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, Sep 15 (IANS) Six pilgrims were killed and 10 injured Monday when a mini van they were travelling in collided headlong with a speeding government bus near Nashik in Maharashtra, police said.The incident occurred around 8 a.m. when they were proceeding from Kalwan village, around 70 km from Nashik city, and headed for a nearby pilgrim spot, Kalwan police station head Nissar Shaikh told IANS over telephone.

At a curve in the road, the mini van - a 12-seater auto rickshaw - and a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus crashed into each other.

While five people were killed instantaneously, one died a couple of hours later in a hospital in Nashik.

The 10 injured were admitted to hospitals in Nashik and Kalwan in a serious condition, Shaikh said.

However, the driver of the mini van managed to escape with minor injuries since he jumped out of the speeding vehicle before the collision, he added.

The dead have been identified as: Kalu Sonu Bagul (50), Pika Dhavalu Bagul (55), Venu Mathura Gaikwad (30), Parubai Jivla Bhore (40) and Girija Budha Sonawane (35). The name of the sixth victim was not immediately available.

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