Twelve persons died and over 25 were injured after a bus caught fire after hitting a truck in Nashik in the early hours of Saturday, PTI reported.
Nashik Deputy Commissioner of Police Amol Tambe said that the injured persons have been hospitalised and a case has been registered to find out the cause of fire, NDTV reported.
In videos of the accident, the bus could be seen completely engulfed in flames.
The accident took place around 5 am on the Aurangabad Road in Nashik, a police official told PTI. The bus, carrying around 30 passengers, hit the truck at Nandur Naka area and caught fire in a few minutes, the official said.
Dada Bhuse, the guardian minister of Nashik told reporters that the Maharashtra government will bear the expenses for treatment of those injured, ANI reported. The chief minister has announced a compnestaion of Rs 5 lakh for the families of those who died, Bhuse added.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi also expressed grief and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the families of those who died and Rs 50,000 for those who sustained injuries.