Bus-truck collision kills 20 in UP; leaders express condolences
Various political personalities on Saturday expressed condolences to the families of those killed in a fire that broke out after a bus collided with a truck in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj district.
New Delhi: Various political personalities on Saturday expressed condolences to the families of those killed in a fire that broke out after a bus collided with a truck in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj district.
The accident took place on Friday night when the bus was on its way to Jaipur from Farrukhabad. According to initial ground reports, passengers were unable to escape the fire as they were sleeping, and doors and windows were shut.
"A bus travelling from Kannauj to Jaipur collided with a truck at Dewar Marg in Kannauj, following which both went up in flames. Locals rushed to the spot and rescued several people from the bus," Kanpur IG Mohit Agarwal told the news agency ANI on Saturday.
At least 20 people were feared charred to death in a massive fire that broke out after a private sleeper bus collided with a truck in Chhibramau police station area on Friday, police had said.
Police said 25 passengers were safely rescued from the bus, and were either receiving treatment at local hospitals or had been discharged.
Prima facie evidence showed that the remains of 8-10 people seemed to be on the bus, but the damage was so extensive that casualties could be determined only through DNA tests, Mohit Agarwal said.
Kannauj MP Subrata Pathak, who visited the spot, said at least 20 people had died in the fire and that several others had been injured.
Earlier, Kannauj District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar said several people had reportedly escaped from the bus, but didn't go to a hospital and went home instead.
"I am saddened by the news of the death of 20 people and injuries to several people in a road accident in Kannauj in which a massive fire broke out after a bus and truck collision," Gandhi tweeted.
"I express my deepest condolences to the families of the deceased and wish speedy recovery for those injured," the former Congress president said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed condolences and announced that the families of the deceased would receive Rs 2 lakh each. "Kannauj district is horrified by the news of the death of people in a horrific and very painful accident. I pray to Lord Rama for the peace of the souls of the departed and wish for the speedy recovery of those injured in the accident. My condolences to the bereaved family."
The grievously injured will receive Rs 50,000 each.
CM Yogi Adityanath also asked the District Magistrate for a report on the incident.
PM Narendra Modi also expressed grieve taking to his twitter handle, "It is very sad to know about the horrific road accident in Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. Many people have lost their lives in this accident. I express my condolences to the kin of the dead, as well as wish the injured well soon."
WITH INPUTS FROM SOURCES