At least 29 passengers were killed, while several others were injured after a bus carrying nearly 50 passengers fell into a canal on Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Uttar Pradesh. The incident was reported early Monday while the Awadh Depot bus of UP Roadways was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi.
According to sources, at least 50 passengers were onboard the bus at the time of the accident.
Rescue operations are currently underway at the accident site.
The UP Roadways shall pay an exgratia of Rs 5 lakhs to the family of the deceased.
Expressing grief over the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday directed the state government and local administration to provide all possible assistance to the victims.
"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," the prime minister tweeted.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has taken cognisance of the accident. The chief minister has expressed grief over the incident and has offered condolences over the death of passengers.
Adityanath has also directed the DM SSP to provide all possible medical attention to the injured.
The chief minister has also requested the Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and Minister of State for Transport Swatantra Dev Singh to immediately visit the site of the bus accident in Agra and visit the injured in the hospital to oversee their medical care.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also took cognizance of the road accident on Yamuna Expressway in Agra. Speaking to the District Magistrate, Singh gave directions for proper treatment of those injured.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has also spoken to CM Yogi Adityanath regarding the bus accident.
Expressing grief over the incident, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday wished for the speedy recovery of those injured.
"Saddened to hear about the tragic loss of lives because of another bus accident, this time near Agra. My heartfelt condolences to the grieving families. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Let us all follow #SafeDriveSaveLife" she tweeted.
Video: Bus accident on Lucknow-Agra expressway