At least 25 people have died when a bus carrying a wedding party burst into flames after crashing in India’s western state of Maharashtra on Saturday.
Baburao Mahamuni, Deputy Superintendent of Police in Buldhana, informed the incident had taken place on the Samruddhi Mahamarg expressway, CNN’s Indian affiliate News 18 reported. Mahamuni said the injured were being taken to Buldhana Civil Hospital. Police believe the bus crashed due to rain at around 2 a.m. local time on Saturday as it was going from Yavatmal to Pune and its diesel tank then caught fire.
In his tweet Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde has expressed condolences and offered compensation to the relatives of the deceased. “Chief Minister Eknath Shinde has expressed deep grief over the horrific accident of a private bus on the Samruddhi highway near Sindkhedaraja in the Buldhana district,” the tweet read. It said the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund would provide around $6,000 to the families of each person killed “in this unfortunate incident”.