Agra, July 8: At least 30 people lost their lives and several others suffered injuries after a Delhi-bound bus fell into a gorge on Yamuna Expressway in Agra on Monday morning. Rescue operation is underway.
The bus reportedly belonged to Awadh Depot of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Roadways. According to reports, the mishap took place when the driver of the bus – UPSRTC’s Jan Rath fell asleep while driving. The bus hit the divider and fell into a gap at around 4.15 am.
Babloo Kumar, SSP, Agra, informed that the UP State Roadways Transport Corporation bus was coming from Lucknow and going to Delhi. There were 47 passengers inside the bus when the ill-fated vehicle skidded off the six-lane expressway and fell into a drain, around 50 feet below.
“Awadh bus depot’s Janrath Expressway Roadways bus no UP33 AT5877 lost control on Yamuna Expresway and fell in ‘jharna nala’ near Kuberpur,” the UP Police said in a tweet.
A Satish Ganesh, IG, Agra, said that 20 passengers have been rescued so far and efforts are on for the rest.
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,” IG Agra said in a tweet on UP Police’s official Twitter handle.
“DGP UP OP Singh has directed to carry out relief & rescue work in full swing and is supervising it personally. All senior officers present at the spot. Our condolences to the bereaved family members & prayers for the departed soul. We also wish a speedy recovery to the injured,” UP police said in another tweet.
Uttar Pradesh Roadways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased. 30 persons have died in the accident.
UP CM Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief and condolences at the death of the passengers. He has also directed the concerned officials to provide all possible medical attention to the injured.