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18 killed as bus rams into milk tanker on Agra-Lucknow Expressway, PM Modi announces ex-gratia

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath directed the officials to reach the spot immediately and expedite the relief work.

Edited By: Arushi Jaiswal @JaiswalArushi Unnao Updated on: July 10, 2024 10:24 IST
Bus accident, Unnao
Image Source : PTI Visuals from the spot

Agra-Lucknow Expressway accident: As many as 18 people were killed and 19 others sustained injuries after a sleeper bus heading from Bihar towards Delhi rammed into a milk tanker on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway early Wednesday morning in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, said police. The accident occurred under the jurisdiction of Behta Mujawar police station in the near Jojikot village in the Bangarmau area of Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district.

The injured have been rushed to a hospital and their condition is stated to be stable.

According to the police, the accident took place at around 05:15 am after a double-decker bus going from Bihar to Delhi, hit a milk tanker. On receiving the information of the incident, police reached the spot, took out all the injured and admitted them to CHC Bangarmau for treatment and necessary action is being taken by taking the bodies in custody.

CM Yogi directs to expedite relief work

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath took cognizance of the road accident in Unnao district and offered condolences to the families of the deceased. According to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), he instructed officials to promptly reach the scene and expedite the relief work.

"The loss of lives in a road accident in Unnao district is extremely sad and heartbreaking. My condolences are with the bereaved families," he said in a post on X.

"District administration officials have been instructed to reach the spot and expedite the relief work. I pray to Lord Shri Ram to grant a place to the departed souls at his feet and for the speedy recovery of the injured," the Chief Minister said.

According to Unnao DM  Gaurang Rathi, "Today at around 05.15 am, a private bus coming from Motihari, Bihar collided with a milk tanker. 18 people have lost their lives and 19 others are injured in the accident. After the initial investigation, it looks like the bus was overspeeding. The injured are getting treatment." 

PM Modi, President expresses grief

President Droupadi Murmu expressed grief over the tragic road accident on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Unnao and wished for the speedy recovery of those injured. "The news of the death of many people in a road accident on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to the family members of those who have become victims of such sudden death and wish for the speedy recovery of those injured," she said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed condolences over the loss of lives in the Unnao accident and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of each deceased in the mishap. 

"The road accident in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh is extremely painful. My condolences to those who have lost their loved ones in this. May God give them strength in this difficult time. Along with this, I wish for the speedy recovery of the injured. Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is engaged in helping the victims in every possible way," PMO said an X post quoting PM Modi as saying.

"The Prime Minister has announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of each deceased in the mishap in Unnao. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000," it added.

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