22 Killed As Bus Catches Fire After Collision

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Update: Condoling the ‘heart-rending’ bus accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly district, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs. two lakh to the next of kin of those killed.

Update: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday announced an ex-gratia of Rs. two lakh for the kin of deceased in Bareilly truck-bus collision and also Rs. 50,000 for those injured.

Lucknow: Twenty-two people have been reported dead and 15 injured after a bus collided with a truck near the Bareilly bypass in Uttar Pradesh on Monday around 1 am. The injured have been taken to a district hospital. A senior officer said that the bodies are badly charred as the bus caught fire following the collision.

জাতীয় সড়কে চলন্ত বাসে আগুন, নিহত ২২

The diesel tank of the bus burst after the collision which led to a fire. According to reports, it took over 90 minutes for fire engines to reach the spot.

“The truck and the bus both caught fire after the collision. Fire engines reached as soon as possible but the flames were so high that it took us a lot of effort to actually douse the flames and reach inside”, said senior police officer SK Bhagat.

Authorities are, however, yet to determine how the incident took place.

The bus, which belongs to the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation, was en route to eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda district from New Delhi.