At least 12 people were killed and 38 others injured in a bus accident in Maharashtras Nashik, authorities said on Saturday, reports India Today.
In a statement, the Chief Minister's office confirmed that 12 people had died in the mishap, while 38 others were injured and undergoing treatment at a hospital in the city. The government will bear the medical expenses of the wounded, the CMO said.
According to officials, a luxury passenger bus was involved in an accident on Nasik-Aurangabad Highway in the wee hours of Saturday. The bus travelling from Yavatmal to Mumbai collided head-on with a truck going to Pune from Nashik, and caught fire. Several passengers were trapped in the blazing vehicle, while others were seriously wounded.
The injured passengers, many of whom sustained burns, were rescued and shifted to a hospital.
Chief Minister Eknath Shinde said that the causes of the accident in Nashik will be investigated.
"A high-level meeting will be convened to identify the places in the state where accidents happen frequently and necessary action will be taken," Shinde said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the loss of lives in the bus tragedy and said financial aid of Rs 2 lakh would be given to the next of kin of each deceased and the injured would be given Rs 50,000 each.