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Bus crash kills 27

A passenger bus plunged into a gorge killing 27 people in Thane on Thursday.

The accident occurred around 9.30am when the Thane-Ahmednagar bus of Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) collided with a truck carrying wooden logs, lost control and fell into the 300ft-deep gorge at Tokawade in Malshej Ghat, MSRTC spokesperson Mukund Dhus said. (Reuters picture shows the wreckage of the bus.)

Ten persons were injured, of whom three are serious.

“Rescue operations were launched immediately by residents, police and the Thane collector’s office. The injured were rushed to four hospitals. We have announced Rs 3 lakh compensation to the next of kin of the dead. The MSRTC will also bear the medical expenses of those injured,” Dhus said.

He added that they were awaiting information from Thane police about the identities of the dead.

Thane (rural) SP Sangram Nishandar told The Telegraph: “There were 37 passengers on board the bus when the accident took place.”

Report by our special correspondent