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PIX: Ghastly accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway kills 27

Last updated on: May 28, 2012 16:37 IST

PIX: Ghastly accident on Mumbai-Pune Expressway kills 27

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Twenty-seven members of a marriage party, including four children, were killed and 26 others injured when a speeding tempo rammed in a stationary bus at Khalapur on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway.

The incident took place in the wee hours around 1 am when the tyres of one of the mini-buses carrying a marriage party got punctured on the highway and was parked on the roadside while another bus was stationed just behind the vehicle, helping it out with the repairs, they said.

The mishap occurred when a high-speeding tempo lost control and rammed into the second mini bus from the rear, crushing people seated on the road between both the vehicles, police said.

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Image: A policeman takes photos of the accident site
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The deceased including women and children were returning to Pune after attending a wedding at suburban Ghatkopar in Mumbai, they said.

The injured have been admitted to MGM hospital at Panvel and Pune's Sassoon hospital, where three victims were pronounced dead on arrival, police said.

The victims, who were brought to the Sasoon hospital in Pune and declared dead on arrival, were identified as Pooja Shinde (12), Om Sonavane (6) and Mangla Gaikwad (42).

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Image: Pairs of shoes belonging to the victims at the crash site
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The tempo driver has been detained at Khalapur in Raigad district, they added.

According to police, the newly-married couple was safe as they were travelling separately.

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Image: Senior police officials inspecting the crash site
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Policemen inspect the blood-stained crash site.

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The mangled remains of the mini-van in which the marriage party was travelling.

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One of the victims at the MGM hospital in Panvel

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