Three migrant labourers and a bus driver were killed and 22 others injured after their vehicle hit a stationary truck in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal district in the early hours of Tuesday, police said.
Among the injured persons, the condition of 17 was reported to be serious, they said.
The accident took place at Kolwan village around 3.30 am when the bus was on way from Solapur to Nagpur railway station where the labourers were supposed to board a Shramik
Special train to reach their native places in Jharkhand, Additional Superintendent of Police Noorul Hasan said.
The bus driver lost control over the wheels following which the vehicle hit a stationary truck which was carrying road construction material, he said.
Three labourers and the bus driver were killed in the accident, the official said, adding that 22 others were injured and rushed to a hospital.
The deceased included two women migrants hailing from Mungeli in Chhattisgarh, he said.
At least 17 among those injured were in a serious condition and referred to the civil hospital in Yavatmal, another police official said.
Earlier, nearly 28 migrant labourers had set off on foot for their native places in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand and were stopped at Solapur on Monday, he said.
The tehsildar (revenue officer) of North Solapur requested the state transport depot manager there to facilitate transportation of the labourers, following which a bus was arranged for them, he said.
On the request of the labourers, the bus was supposed to drop them at the Nagpur railway station in Maharashtra, the official said.
He further said that the family members of the deceased and injured persons were informed about the accident.
The bodies were sent for postmortem, he said, adding that a case of accidental death was registered by Arni police.