A bus accident on the Yamuna Expressway near Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India killed at least 29 people and injured more than 15. The accident occurred after a government-run AC bus from Lucknow to Delhi fell off the Yamuna Expressway into a drain near Agra on Monday morning. District magistrate NG Ravi Kumar said the accident took place at 4:30am when the Uttar Pradesh State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus from Avadh depot in Lucknow was heading towards Delhi’s Anand Vihar depot.
Kumar said the bus driver probably fell asleep and lost control over the vehicle as it fell 30 feet into the Jharna Nullah between two roads near Etmadpur on the outskirts of Agra. The dead include a one-and-a-half-year-old girl and 15-year-old girl as well as 27 men, he said. The bodies have been sent for post mortem examination, according to the district magistrate.Eighteen people, who were injured, have been shifted for treatment till now, he added. The bus conductor was amongst those injured and has been admitted to a hospital in trans-Yamuna locality of Agra.Rescuers were seen fishing out the bodies from the drain as an earth-moving machine pulled out the mangled remains of the bus.
District magistrate Kumar said the rescue operation was almost complete and the focus now is on the treatment of the injured and informing their family members. Officials of Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation have said it will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those who were killed in the accident. The 165-km Yamuna Expressway with six lanes connects Delhi with Agra.