Nine of family, driver die in Maharashtra accident

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 official said. The Khetle family hailed from Kutgiri village in Ratnagiri, around 200 km from Mumbai.

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