AGRA: At least 29 people were killed and 16 others injured when a passenger bus fell into a gorge on the Yamuna Expressway early Monday morning. Initial probe revealed that the mishap occurred after bus driver of the UPSRTC Jan Rath dozed off at the wheel.
The bus, after hitting the divider, fell into the 40-feet-deep gap between two flyovers on the expressway near Milestone 161 (Jharna nullah) under Etmadpur police jurisdiction of Agra district at around 4.15am.
The double-decker bus with about 50 passengers was heading to Delhi from Lucknow. Expressing grief over the tragedy, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the passengers killed in the accident. The CM also instructed the officials to expedite rescue and relief work at the spot. He said that proper treatment should be provided to the injured. UP DGP OP Singh directed the officials to carry out relief and rescue work. All senior officials were present at the spot.