Lucknow, June 5: In a tragic accident, at least 22 persons were charred to death in Uttar Pradesh after their bus caught fire due to a massive collision with a truck on a national highway in Bareilly on Monday, police said.
The accident took place at around 2.30 a.m. near the inverted University turn when the bus from New Delhi moving towards Gonda collided rammed to a speeding truck coming from the direction of Lucknow.
The charred bodies have not been identified yet.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of 2 lakh for the kin of deceased and 50,000 for injured.
Meanwhile, the UP Police have mentioned the named of injured persons.
An explosion followed and a fire broke out in the bus. A district official told IANS that the truck driver had fled away. Meanwhile, the police are on a hunt for him.
According to the Police officials, the death toll could rise as most of the passengers have critical burnt injuries. Fire tenders were rushed to the accident site.
Senior police officers including Inspector General of Police S.K. Bhagat, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Jogendra Kumar and other officials are monitoring the rescue and relief operations.
Around 15 people who were in critical condition rushed nearby Hospital.
The traffic has been diverted and now efforts were underway to extract the charred remains of the passengers.