In a yet another road accident, as many as 22 people were charred to death and several other injured when a passenger bus collided with a truck on a National Highway in Bareilly on Monday midnight, reported ANI. The injured travellers were taken to the nearby hospitals and further details on their condition is still awaited. The bus, which caught fire soon after colliding with the truck, was reportedly of Delhi Roadways and was heading to Gonda district. Hours after the incident came into light, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for kin of deceased and Rs 50,000 for injured.
A Hindustan Times report further stated that the accident took place on the stretch of highway between Bareilly and Shahjahanpur which was under construction and the bus driver took the bus on the wrong side of the road which resulted in a massive collision. Even some people present near the accident spot told HT that the bus caught fire minutes after colliding with the truck and gave no time to passengers to step out. As the accident took place at around 1 am, most of the passengers were asleep. Charred remains of nearly 10 people have been recovered by the police and the team is trying to locate others. There has been no official confirmation about the total number of passengers who were travelling in the bus.
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In a similar incident that took place last month, three people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on Rampura Phul-Barnala road on May 21. As per reports, the bus was heading towards Ludhiana and collided with a truck that was coming from opposite direction at around 7 am. Along with three killed, 17 people were critically injured and taken to the nearby hospital.