Dhule (Maharashtra): At least 18 persons were killed when a seven-axle container truck collided with a mini bus on the Surat-Nagpur highway here on Friday evening, police said.
The incident occurred when one of the wheels of the truck, which was bound for Parola in adjoining Jalgaon district, broke loose. The driver then lost control of the truck near Kasvihir village.
It rammed into the packed oncoming mini bus from Parola and crushed it by its sheer weight, said police officer S.P. Patil of Dhule. Two people were injured and were in critical condition.
After the accident, traffic on the highway, which connects Surat in Gujarat and Kolkata, was disrupted for several hours to facilitate relief operations.