Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Bus crash on highway to Taj Mahal kills 28

Bus crash on highway to Taj Mahal kills 28

The officials said the bus fell from a bridge and into an overflowing drain near Etmadpur.The gushing water is making it hard to conduct rescue operations, they said.

Most passengers were sleeping when the accident occurred on Yamuna Expressway near Agra in Uttar Pradesh state, said government spokesperson Awanish Awasthi. He said 29 people were killed and 19 had since been taken to hospital.

Meanwhile, UP Roadways has announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the families of the deceased. Condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones.

Prime minister Narendra Modi also took to Twitter to condole the incident.

Agra District Magistrate NG Ravi Kumar said it appeared the driver was sleepy, News18 reported. The bus was coming from Lucknow and had at least 40 occupants, many of whom received serious injuries.

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Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed condolences and has ordered a 3 member probe including the Transport Commissioner, IG Agra and Divisional Commissioner to prove the incident and submit a report in 24 hours.

"Sad to learn about tragic bus accident on the Yamuna Expressway in Agra, Uttar Pradesh", the president said. I pray that those injured recover fast.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh expressed his condolences, and said he had spoken to Adityanath.

The 165km (100-mile) Yamuna expressway from Delhi to Agra is one of India's longest six-lane motorways. "State government taking all steps to help affected people".

"Spoke to Adityanath, he said his Deputy Dinesh Sharma and Minister (Minister of State for Transport) Swatantra Dev Singh are being sent to the spot..." UP BJP General Secretary Pankaj Singh has also left for the spot. "My condolences to bereaved families; wishing an early recovery to those injured".

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