Bus falls from bridge in UP; 29 killed, 18 injured

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AGRA: Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a state-run bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell into a large drain in Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

 

According to the official report, the bus had at least 50 passengers on board.

The Janrath bus of the Uttar Pradesh Roadways' Awadh Depot was going from Lucknow to the national capital's Anand Vihar ISBT.

As per the report, the bus fell from a bridge and into an overflowing drain near Etmadpur.

According to the official report, the gushing water is making it difficult to conduct rescue operations.

The officials said that the Uttar Pradesh Roadways will pay ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his condolences and has directed the Agra district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to ensure the injured get proper medical treatment.

He also formed a committee to probe the reasons behind the accident and directed it to submit a report.

The committee, comprising the transport commissioner, divisional commissioner and an inspector general of police. 

He has asked his deputy Dinesh Sharma and Minister of State for Transport Swatantra Dev Singh to immediately visit the accident site.

 

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