(Maharashtra): Nine members of a family and a driver
were killed when their vehicle collided with a bus in
Maharashtra's Ratnagiri district Sunday morning, police said.
The accident took place near Khed when the speeding Tavera, driven
by 22-year-old Suraj Shankar Jadhav, was taking a sharp curve at
Kashedi Ghat on the Bombay-Goa highway to Mumbai.
The Tavera hit a Volvo luxury bus, coming from the opposite
direction bound for Goa, around 4 a.m. when the occupants of the
two vehicles were in deep sleep, a police official said.
The family members who died were -- Pradeep Maruti Khelte, 28,
Anant Ganpat Khetle, 55, Prema Anand Khetle, 48, Vishnu Ganpat
Khetle, 46, Taramati Mahadev Khetle, 58, Mahadev Khhetle, 70,
Vinaya Vishnu Khetle, 40, Anjana Ganpat Khetle, 80, and Sangeeta,
whose age is not yet known.
Volvo bus driver M.K. Fernandes, 31, was seriously injured and was
reported to be critical in a Khed government hospital, the
The Khetle family hailed from Kutgiri village in Ratnagiri, around
200 km from Mumbai.