t least 29 people were killed and several others injured after a Delhi-bound bus fell in a drain on Yamuna Expressway on Monday morning. The UP Roadways bus, which was going from Lucknow to Delhi, met with the accident near Agra.
“Awadh bus depot’s Janrath Expressway Roadways bus no UP33 AT5877 lost control on Yamuna Expressway and fell in ‘jharna nala’ near Kuberpur,” UP police said in a tweet.
According to the police sources, the bus had started from the Alambagh Bus Station in Lucknow at 10 pm on Sunday and had crossed the Lucknow Expressway and Inner Ring Road by 3:30 am on Monday. Around 4:30 am, the driver apparently dozed off and lost control on the steering.
In high speed, the bus slipped off the Expressway and fell into the 30 feet deep Jharna Nullah.
Locals from the nearby Baghel Thar village were the first responders and were able to bring out 20 alive passengers from the partially submerged bus. The police, which arrived later, took the passengers to the hospital in ambulances.
About two hours after the accident, bulldozers and cranes arrived at the scene and the bus was straightened and cut apart to pull out the remaining passengers, but all of them had died by then.
A total of 29 people, including a child and a woman, have died in the accident and efforts are on to identify the bodies.
“The incident took place around 4:30 am. Driver probably dozed off and the speeding bus broke our barrier & fell in the drain. Search operation underway,” Agra DM NG Ravi Kumar told media.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the accident.
He has expressed his grief and condolences at the death of the passengers and directed DM SSP to provide all possible medical attention to the injured.
UP CM has ordered an enquiry by a committee consisting of Transport Commissioner, Divisional Commisioner and IG Agra to investigate the incident in 24 hours and give report on the cause of incident. A report has also been sought with long term recommendations to avoid such accidents.
An ex-gratia amount of Rs 5 lakh has been announced for the kin of the deceased by UP roadways.
“Pained by accident on Delhi-Agra expressway. May God give strength to the kind of the deceased, my condolences with the families. I pray for speedy recovery of those injured,” Piyush Goyal tweeted.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot also expressed grief over the incident. In a tweet, Sachin Pilot said that the accident was painful and unfortunate. “I pay condolences to the families of those killed in the accident. May God give peace to deceased and quick recovery to those injured.”