After a Delhi-bound bus fell into a drain on Yamuna Expressway on Monday morning.The UP Roadways bus, which was on its way from Lucknow to Delhi, met with the accident near Agra.29 people were killed when a Lucknow-Delhi bus fell into a drain on Yamuna Expressway near Agra on Monday morning.
A total of 29 people, including a child and a woman, died in the accident and efforts are on to identify the bodies.
"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.
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,At high speed the bus slipped off the expressway and fell into the 30-foot-deep 'jharna nullah', the driver apparently lost control of the bus, according to police report.
Locals nearby Baghel Thar village were the first to react and were able to safely extricate 20 passengers from the partially submerged bus. The police, who arrived later, took the passengers to the hospital in ambulances.
After two hours of accident, bulldozers and cranes arrived at the scene and the bus was taken out of the drain and cut apart to pull out the remaining passengers; however, all of them had died by then.
On Monday, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a probe into the accident.
An enquiry by a committee comprising transport commissioner, divisional commissioner and IG, Agra, has been ordered by CM Adityanath to investigate tje incident in 24 hours, Additional cheif secretary, information, said by Awanish Awasthi.
The committee will report on the cause of the accident and also recommend measures to avoid such incidents in the future.
He has expressed his grief and condolences at the death of the passengers and directed DM and SSP to provide all possible medical attention to the injured.
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, Union railways minister, tweeted.
Congress leader Sachin Pilot also expressed grief over the incident. In a tweet, 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."