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Raigad bus accident: NDRF’s search operation concludes, all 30 bodies recovered

As many as 30 people were killed when a bus carrying employees of an agriculture university of Ratnagiri district fell into a gorge on Saturday morning. Only one passenger inside the bus, survived the accident, he jumped while the bus was sliding along the slope.

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As many as 30 people were killed when a bus carrying employees of an agriculture university of Ratnagiri district fell into a gorge on Saturday morning. Only one passenger inside the bus, survived the accident, he jumped while the bus was sliding along the slope. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

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Although several similar accidents have happened in the past on the 30 kms stretch of road connecting Mahabaleshwar with Poladpur via Ambenali Ghat, the dangerously located spiralling narrow roads are mostly bereft of protective railings. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

Sleuths of Raigad Police at the accident spot in Ambenali Ghat on Mahabaleshwar - Poladpur Road in Maharashtra. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

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Personnel of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), members of local trekking groups Sahyadri Trekkers and Mahabaleshwar Trekkers worked through day and night on Saturday to retrieve the dead remains of 30 individuals who had died in the accident on Saturday morning. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

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The operation ended by Sunday noon after the 30th dead body of Jayant Chougule was retrieved. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

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The incident came to light after the survivor, Prakash Desai — assistant office superintendent with the university — managed to jump out of the bus, climbed up the slope and called the police and another university employee from the cellphone of a passerby. The driver lost control of the bus as one of the tyres skidded on a muddy patch on the Ambenali Ghat road. The bus fell 400 feet in the 800-feet deep gorge. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

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About 70 workers of National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), 50 volunteers of local trekking groups Sahyadri Trekkers and Mahabaleshwar Trekkers played vital roles in removing the dead remains from the spot about 400 feet below from the road where the bus and dead were lodged.(Express photo by Pavan Khengre)

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As per locals, the presence of railings may have saved lives of the 30 staffers of Dapoli Agriculture University who died in the accident on Saturday when their bus fell into the gorge. (Express photo by Pavan Khengre)