Buldhana: Rescue staff and others at the site after twenty five bus passengers were charred to death when their vehicle caught fire on the Samruddhi Expressway in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district, Saturday, July 1, 2023. (PTI Photo) (PTI07_01_2023_000005B)

Mumbai : Twenty five bus passengers were charred to death after the vehicle caught fire on the Samruddhi Expressway in Maharashtra’s Buldhana district on Saturday, police said.

The private travels bus was on way from Nagpur to Pune when it rammed into a divider around 1.30 am near Sindkhedraja in Buldhana district, police said.

Buldhana SP Sunil Kadasne told PTI that as per preliminary information, a bus tyre burst and the vehicle hit a pole, collided with a divider and caught fire.

Of the 33 passengers in the bus, 25 were charred to death, the official said. The remaining eight passengers have been rushed to nearby hospital and are safe, he added.