24 burnt alive as bus catches fire after collision in Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly; PM Narendra Modi announces ex gratia
Bareilly in a terrible accident, at least 24 people were killed and 14 others injured when a passenger bus hit a truck and caught fire on Highway 24 in Bareilly on Monday morning.
The Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus carries 41 passengers from Delhi en route to Gonda in eastern Uttar Pradesh, where the accident near the Bada bypass occurred at 1am in the morning.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the loss of lives and has sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each of the parents of those who died. He also announced Rs 50,000 for each injured. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed deep condolences for the loss of life and announced financial assistance of Rs 2 lakh to the parents of the deceased, Rs 50,000 for the seriously injured and Rs 25,000 for those who have had minor injuries.
The bodies were burned so doctors are struggling to determine the sex of the victims. DNA tests were conducted to identify the victims.
“The death toll has risen to 24. In addition, another 14 suffer serious burn injuries,” UP senior minister Rajesh Agarwal told reporters.
Agarwal, who belongs to Bareilly, said compensation would be paid after the identity of the deceased was established.
He also instructed officials to ensure proper medical treatment of the injured.
Initially, the number of injured was put at 15, but the name of an extra passenger was added to the list than the number of 16, two of whom died during treatment.
Three passengers escaped with minor injuries.
“At 5:45 we have received 22 bodies from the scene of the bus crash,” said Dr. Shailesh Ranjan of the Bareilly hospital. “The bodies were charred beyond recognition.
The number of male and female passengers who died in the accident would clear up after the autopsy, the chief physician, Bareilly, said Dr. Vijay Yadav.
Agarwal, who flew here from Lucknow in a helicopter, as indicated by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to oversee the rescue operations, said: “A DNA test was performed on all bodies.”
Agarwal was accompanied by two of his ministerial colleagues Swatantradev Brijesh Singh and Pathak.
The bus collided head-on with a crash truck coming from the direction of Lucknow near the university reversed turn.
An explosion followed and there was a fire on the bus.
The bus driver was also among the dead, while the driver suffered serious injuries.
The truck driver, who was coming from Shahjahanpur, is doing it. The police looking for him.
Police said the impact of a frontal collision was so important that the diesel tank was completely damaged.
They added that the death toll could increase as most of the passengers were severely burned.
Fire calls were taken from the scene of the accident.
Key officials, including Police Inspector General SK Bhagat, Police Superintendent (SSP), Jogendra Kumar and other officials oversee rescue and rescue operations.
“The truck and bus were both caught after the collision.The firefighters arrived as soon as possible, but the flames were so high that it took a lot of effort to put out the flames and get inside,” said Bhagat.
According to SSP Jogendra Kumar, “The accident of a bus from the Uttar Pradesh State Transport Corporation and a truck occurred between 1 hour and tomorrow.”
“22 bus passengers were killed, 15 injured. Six passengers were seriously injured and hospitalized,” he said.
Some of the wounded were taken to nearby medical centers.
Traffic was diverted.
Reports said the emergency exit door of the bus was blocked after the collision, trapping the passengers inside the burning vehicle.