Mumbai, Jun 5: Seventeen people were killed and around 30 others were injured near Panvel on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway this morning as three vehicles — two cars and a bus — fell into a ditch after the bus rammed one of the cars.(Also Read: 12 die in Tamil Nadu road accident)Also Read - Uber Passenger Drives Home Cab From Pune to Mumbai as Driver Falls Asleep at Wheel

The mishap took place at around 5.30 AM, said Navi Mumbai police. According to the police, a car was standing on the road as it had a flat tyre, and MUV, standing was behind it. Passengers in the MUV had stopped to help those in the first car. Also Read - Maharashtra: 4 Killed, 5 Injured in Truck-car Collision Near Khopoli on Pune-Mumbai Expressway

While the two vehicles had halted, a private tourist bus came from behind and rammed the MUV, which in turn rammed into the car. The three vehicles plunged into a 20ft deep road-side ditch.All the three vehicles were coming from Pune. Also Read - Ujjwal Nikam escapes unhurt in road mishap