AGRA: One person was killed and over 40 others, including school children, sustained serious injuries when a bus carrying students of a Himachal Pradesh school met with an accident on the Yamuna Express near Agra on Friday, police said.
The dead man was identified as a tour organiser.
The injured students, who belonged to classes 6-8 at Alok Bharti Vidyalaya in Kotli of Himachal Pradesh's Mandi district, were on an education trip to Agra, Fatehpur Sikri, and Vrindavan in Mathura.
According to the sources, the bus was heading to the Taj Mahal. Its tyre burst after the bus crossed the Khandoli toll plaza near Jharna Nala on the Yamuna Expressway.
All the injured students have been admitted to a private hospital in Agra and 15-16 of them are known to be critically injured.
Police have denied any casualty but the condition of the bus driver is stated to be critical.
Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar said the bus was carrying 45 students, six teachers and six tour organisers.
"The district magistrate and the SSP of Agra rushed to the accident site to oversee rescue and relief operation," he said.
(With IANS inputs)