29 Dead 17 Injured After Bus Skids Off Yamuna Expressway Near Delhi
Double-decker bus from Lucknow to Delhi falls into canal, 29 feared dead and more than 17 injured in the incident.
A double-decker bus carrying 46 people from Lucknow to Delhi fell into a canal on the Yamuna Expressway. The incident took place in the early hours of morning. The bus skidded off the six-lane Yamuna Expressway near Delhi and fell 50 feet into a large drain. Twenty-nine people were killed and seventeen injured in the horrific incident.
The Uttar Pradesh Police tweeted,
One Sleeper Coach passenger bus travelling from Lucknow to Delhi met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway. It fell into the side fall about 15 feet deep.
20 passengers rescued so far. Efforts are on for the rest.
— UP POLICE (@Uppolice) July 8, 2019
As reported by Zee news, the driver fell asleep just before he lost control of the heavy vehicle on the expressway near Agra. The bus smashed the safety railing and fell on the black waters of the large drain. The injured people have been taken to hospital. Shortly after the accident took place, locals rushed to the spot to pull out the passengers. The local administration has also reached the spot and started rescue and relief operations.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath paid his condolences and asked the authorities to give all help to the injured and the families of those killed in the accident.UP Roadways has also reportedly announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased.
Last week, the Uttar Pradesh government said drivers will have to pay a fine for speeding if they covered the 302 km-stretch from the Lucknow toll plaza to Agra in less than three hours.