A father-son duo from Bhayandar was killed after their van collided head-on with the State transport bus on Mumbai-Ahmedabad Highway in Palghar’s Dekhale Village. Subsequently, the collision was so terrific that both the vehicles caught fire on Thursday afternoon.
The Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus was proceeding from Borivali’s Chikuwadi Depot to Dahanu when it hit the road divider. The bus driver Nilesh Bangre lost control of the vehicle. The passenger’s vehicle jumped into other lane and collided with the van coming in Mumbai direction. The bus was on essential duty. The incident took place in the Manor police station jurisdiction.
As the van was working on the CNG kit, there was an explosion in the vehicle and caught fire. In which, the father and son — Prabhat Barad (57) and Hitesh Barad (29) — from Bhayandar were charred to death. They were on the way to their home. Three other passengers in the bus sustained injuries. However, they had timely exited from the emergency window of the bus.
“Due to the impact of the collision, the CNG cylinder of the van exploded and both the vehicles catch fire,” said the Palghar police official.
Bangre and conductor who sustained minor injuries also managed to get out of the bus. After an hour of struggle, Fire brigade personnel doused the blaze.
“A case of causing death due to negligence has been registered against the bus driver. Bangre has been booked under sections 304 (a) (negligence), 279(causing hurt due to rash act), 336,337(rash driving endangering human life) and 427(mischief) of the IPC. He has been taken in custody. Further probe is on,” the police said.