22 killed and several injured after bus collides with truck in UP

The accident took place around 1 am on Monday morning when the Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation bus was heading to Gonda depot from New Delhi.

Published: 05th June 2017 08:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th June 2017 09:58 AM   |  A+A-

The Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation bus which collided with a truck killing 22 passengers| ANI


LUCKNOW: At least 22 persons on Monday were charred to death in Uttar Pradesh after their bus caught fire following a massive collision with a truck on a national highway in Bareilly, police said.

The accident occurred at around 2.30 a.m. near the inverted University turn when the bus from New Delhi heading towards Gonda collided with a speeding truck coming from the direction of Lucknow.

An explosion followed and fire broke out in the bus. A district official told that the truck driver has escaped. The police were looking for him.

Police officials said the death toll could rise as most of the passengers were severely burnt. 

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.

The traffic has been diverted and now efforts were underway to extract the charred remains of the passengers. 

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