Three folks had been killed and 67 had been suspected to have sustained accidents after a tempo skidded off the ghat at Kudpan in Poladpur on the Mumbai-Goa highway and fell into a gorge of round 70 toes late on Friday night.
According to the police, the tempo carrying round 70 folks was returning to Ratnagiri from a wedding ceremony in Satara. At the time of going to press, rescue operations had been on by volunteers from Madat group in Ratnagiri and Salunkhe group in Mahad.
“The volunteering groups are trained by the NDRF. Besides, police personnel from Khed in Ratnagiri, Mahad and Poladpur, and tehsildars from Khed and Poladpur are on the spot. Poor visibility poses a challenge,” Raigad district Collector Nidhi Chaudhary mentioned.
“The cause of the accident could be either overloading or the slippery road due to the recent unseasonal rain. The particular ghat is otherwise too accident prone,” Ms. Chaudhari mentioned.
The deceased have been recognized as Tukaram Jhore (40), Harishchandra Bhavesh Hogade (22) and Vithoba Bhagoshi Jhore (65). Injured passengers are underneath remedy at rural hospitals in Poladpur, Mahad, Mangaon and Khadki. Six of them, who had been significantly injured, have been admitted to the district hospital at Alibaug and MGM hospital in Kamothe.