25 dead, 8 injured after bus catches fire in western India

At least 25 people lost their lives and eight others got stringently wounded when a bus crashed and caught fire on an expressway early on Saturday. The bus was heading to the city of Pune whilst it got banged into a pole and overturned after midnight, leading to its diesel tank to be on fire, senior police officer Baburao Mahamuni conveyed AFP. “There were approximate 30 to 35 people in the bus. Twenty-five people have lost their lives and eight others are wounded,” he said. The wounded have been headed to a hospital near the site of the crash in Maharashtra state, which is approximate 400km east of India’s financial capital Mumbai.

The driver and conductor of the bus were taken into custody for interrogation, state Rural Development Minister Girish Mahajan conveyed reporters. “The driver is saying the tyre of the bus burst, after which (the vehicle) banged into a pole. But it seems he had slept. We will have to see what actually befell” he said.  Mr Mahajan also said that the bodies had been burnt beyond recognition and forensic teams were lending their hand to help in the identification.  Pictures reveal the bus surrounded in fire and later the burnt remains of the vehicle overturned on the expressway. Three children were also among the dead, a police officer conveyed to reporters.