Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell from a bridge in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, police said.
The bus was going from Lucknow to Delhi and had at least 50 passengers on board, they said.
“One sleeper coach passenger bus travelling from Lucknow to Delhi met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway (sic),” the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Twitter.
Officials said the bus fell into a large drain near Etmadpur and gushing water was making it difficult to conduct rescue operations.
“DGP UP OP Singh has directed to carry out relief & rescue work in full swing and is supervising it personally. All senior officers present at the spot (sic),” the state police said on Twitter.
The 165-km six-lane expressway connects Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh.
President Ram Nath Kovind also condoled the death of 29 passengers. In a tweet he said, sad to learn about tragic bus accident. State government is taking all steps to help affected people.
Sad to learn about tragic bus accident on the Yamuna Expressway in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. State government taking all steps to help affected people. My condolences to bereaved families; wishing an early recovery to those injured #PresidentKovind
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 8, 2019
Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu also expressed grief over the loss of lives in a bus accident. In a tweet, he said condolences to bereaved family members and wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured.
Deeply saddened to learn about the loss of lives in a bus accident on Yamuna Expressway near Agra. Condolences to bereaved family members and wishes for the speedy recovery of the injured. — VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) July 8, 2019
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too condoled the death of 29 passengers.
Pained by the bus accident in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. I pray that those injured recover fast. The State Government and local administration are providing all possible assistance to the affected.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 8, 2019
“Pained by the bus accident in Agra, Uttar Pradesh. Condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. I pray that those injured recover fast. The state government and local administration are providing all possible assistance to the affected,” PM Modi said on Twitter.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered a probe into the bus accident on the Yamuna Expressway.
“An inquiry by a committee comprising Transport Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner and IG, Agra, has been ordered by CM Adityanath to investigate the incident in 24 hours,” Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Awanish Awasthi said.
The committee will report on the cause of the accident and also recommend measures to avoid such incidents in the future, he said.