Two died and 42 persons were injured after a Pen-bound Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus collided with a gas tanker on Sunday morning in Raigad district. The accident occurred around 8.45 a.m. at Gagode Phata on Pen-Khopoli road. Officials said the driver of the tanker, which was carrying liquid ammonia, lost control of the vehicle and it collided with the bus. Raghunath Balaram Mhatre (67), a resident of Bori, died on the spot while Dinesh Khedekar (26), a resident of Nanegaon, succumbed on the way to hospital. While the bus was on its way to Pen from Khopoli, the tanker was going towards Pune from Pen. “The injured were taken to Pen hospital and from there, a few were shifted to Alibag Civil Hospital. Some were discharged and one was shifted to JJ Hospital due to the seriousness of injuries,” senior police inspector Indrajit Katkar from Pen police station said.Traffic on Pen-Khopoli road was affected for close to five hours after the accident. “We called for two fire tenders and experts from the Rashtriya Chemicals and Fertilizers, who checked the tanker. After making sure that it was safe, we called for cranes to move the tanker from the road,” Mr. Katkar said. The vehicles that were behind the bus and tanker were stuck in congestion. “We allowed four-wheelers and two-wheelers to go ahead, but the heavy vehicles had to wait till the road was cleared. Meanwhile, our officers also diverted other vehicles via Pali and Mumbai bypass road,” Mr. Katkar said.The injured included 18 men and 24 women from Badlapur, Ulhasnagar, Khadkebadi, Gagode, Pen and Neral. The youngest among them were a six-year-old boy and a three-year-old boy, who are out of danger. Around 15 of the injured are still admitted to hospitals while the rest were discharged by evening after treatment. The Pen police have registered a case against the tanker driver, who fled the spot after the accident.