29 dead after AC bus falls into drain on Yamuna Expressway near Agra, Rs 5 lakh ex-gratia announced by UP Roadways

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Updated: July 8, 2019 9:55:08 AM

The UP State Roadways Transport Corporation bus coming from Lucknow and going to Delhi when the accident happened. At least 29 people lost their lives after the AC bus fell into a large drain on Yamuna Expressway near Agra.

Yamuna Expressway bus accident29 killed as bus falls into drain on Yamuna Express near Agra.

At least 29 people lost their lives and several others suffered injuries after a Delhi-bound bus fell into a large drain in Agra on Monday morning. The mishap happened on the Yamuna Expressway near Agra.

Babloo Kumar, SSP, Agra, informed that the UP State Roadways Transport Corporation bus was coming from Lucknow and going to Delhi. There were 47 passengers inside the bus when the ill-fated vehicle skidded off the six-lane expressway and fell into a drain, around 50 feet below.

“Awadh bus depot’s Janrath Expressway Roadways bus no UP33 AT5877 lost control on Yamuna Expresway and fell in ‘jharna nala’ near Kuberpur,” the UP Police said in a tweet.

Agra DM NG Ravi Kumar said that the incident took place around 4:30 am. “Driver probably dozed and the speeding bus broke our barrier and  fell in the drain. Search operation underway,” he said.

A Satish Ganesh, IG, Agra, said that 20 passengers have been rescued so far and efforts are on for the rest.

Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief at the death of the passengers. He has directed the Agra administration to provide all possible help to the injured passengers.

Also, the UP Roadways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the next of the kin of the deceased.

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