Bus plunge kills 29 after driver falls asleep

Bus plunge kills 29 after driver falls asleep

At least 29 passengers were killed when an Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus hit the divider and fell through a gap between two flyovers on the Yamuna Expressway on July 8 morning.

Agra District Magistrate NG Ravi Kumar said it appeared the driver was sleepy, News18 reported.

The injured people have been taken to hospital, said the district magistrate. "The bus fell into a "nallah" (drain)", Additional Chief Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi, said.

Mr. Adityanath has ordered a probe by a committee comprising the transport commissioner, the divisional commissioner, and the inspector general (Agra range) to find out the exact cause of the accident. "Pained by the bus accident in Agra, Uttar Pradesh", he said.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his condolences to the passengers who were killed in the accident.

Also, UP roadways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased.

The Janrath bus of the Uttar Pradesh Roadways' Awadh Depot was going from Lucknow to the national capital's Anand Vihar ISBT, the officials said.

The 165km (100-mile) Yamuna expressway from Delhi to Agra is one of India's longest six-lane motorways. "All senior officers present at the spot (sic)", the state police said on Twitter.

"The State Government and local administration are providing all possible assistance to the affected", Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted.

BJP working president JP Nadda also paid condolences to the grieving families and prayed for the speedy recovery of injured. Condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones.

Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also tweeted about the accident and expressed their condolences.

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