Uttar Pradesh: 18 killed, 19 hurt as bus rams into milk tanker on Agra-Lucknow Expressway

The impact of the collision was so huge that people flung out of the bus when it overturned, said sources.
Mangled remains of a bus being towed after an accident, in Unnao district.
Mangled remains of a bus being towed after an accident, in Unnao district.Photo | PTI

UNNANO: In a major road accident, at least 18 people were killed and 19 were left injured after a Bihar-Delhi private bus, which they were travelling in, rammed into a milk tanker in the Unnao stretch on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Wednesday. The deceased included three women and a child, according to police sources.

The double-decker bus was on its way to Delhi from Bihar’s Sitamarhi when it hit a milk tanker from the back near Gadha village. The impact of the collision was so huge that people flung out of the bus when it overturned, said sources. Visuals from the scene showed bodies on the ground, twisted scraps of metal, shattered glass and destroyed belongings.

According to officials, the bus was carrying mostly migrant workers. While two of the deceased persons were identified as Rajnish Kumar (26) and Mohd Shamim (28), the process to identify other victims was on. As per Unnao DM Guaran Rathi, the accident occurred around 5:15 am when the private bus collided with a milk tanker stationed on the Expressway.

Additional Director General of Police, Lucknow, S B Shiradkar told PTI that 14 men, three women and a child were killed. Officials said the remaining 19 injured have been rushed to a nearby hospital and are being treated there. Drivers of the two vehicles were among the dead.

Meanwhile, those critical were referred to Lucknow Trauma Centre. State capital Lucknow is 70 km from Unnao.

The local authorities have launched a rescue operation. The Unnao administration has also issued helpline numbers - (0515-2970767, 9651432703, 9454417447, 8887713617, 8081211289).

People stand near an overturned vehicle after an accident, in Unnao district.
People stand near an overturned vehicle after an accident, in Unnao district.Photo | PTI

Many bus passengers were asleep at the time of the incident.

"We were sleeping. I don't know what happened," Mohd Shamim, a passenger who sustained head injuries in the accident, told reporters at the hospital.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed anguish over the tragedy and directed the officials to ensure proper treatment of the injured, his office said.

"The loss of lives in a road accident in Unnao district is extremely sad and heartbreaking. My condolences are with the bereaved families," said Yogi in a post on X.

Injured people being treated at a hospital after an accident, in Unnao district.
Injured people being treated at a hospital after an accident, in Unnao district. Photo | PTI

President of India Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge expressed grief over the incident.

In a post on X, Murmu said, "The news of the death of many people in a road accident on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to the family members of those who have become victims of such sudden death and wish for the speedy recovery of those injured."

The PMO announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh for the next kin of the dead and Rs 50,000 for those injured in the accident. Modi further said the local administration is extending all possible help to the victims under the supervision of the state government.

Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak, who also holds the health portfolio, met the injured admitted in the Trauma Centre and assured proper treatment to them.

He further said that most injured people are from Bihar and that the UP government is in contact with its Bihar counterpart.

"The trauma centre of KGMO is on alert, I have come and seen all the arrangements. Most of the injured people are from Bihar, and we are in contact with the Bihar govt. Reasons for the accident will come after investigation, our priority is to provide proper treatment to the injured people," Brajesh Pathak stated.

Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav held the BJP government responsible for the accident and loss of lives.

(With inputs from PTI)

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