At least 29 people were killed and several others injured after a bus belonging to Uttar Pradesh Roadways fell into a drain on the Yamuna Expressway in Agra on Monday.
The double-decker sleeper coach bus travelling from Lucknow to New Delhi had as many as 50 people on board. The bus belonged to Awadh Depot.
Police reached the spot and rescue operation has begun to take out the trapped passengers. At least 20 passengers were rescued, police said.
“It fell into the side fall about 15 feet deep” UP 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
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his grief and condolences on the death of passengers.
He has directed the District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police to provide all possible medical attention to the injured.
यमुना एक्सप्रेसवे पर आज सुबह हुई बस दुर्घटना में दिवंगत आत्मा की शांति के लिए प्रार्थना करते है तथा शोक संतप्त परिजनों के प्रति हमारी संवेदना है। हम घायलों के शीघ्र स्वास्थ्य लाभ की कामना भी करते हैं। बचाव कार्य युद्ध स्तर पर किए गए तथा घायलों को अस्पताल भेजा गया है। pic.twitter.com/tt14NIZtgk
— AGRA POLICE (@agrapolice) July 8, 2019
UP Roadways has announced an exgratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of the deceased.
However, in another tweet police said it was travelling from Etawah to New Delhi. More details are awaited.
Union Railways Minister also expressed grief on the incident. “Saddened to hear about the accident in Uttar Pradesh. My condolences to the families of those who died,” he said.