Two people were killed and over 20, including nine students and teachers from Germany, had a narrow escape after a Mahindra Scorpio car collided head on with a bus from Delhi Public School (DPS) Indirapuram on National Highway-24 early on Saturday.
Teachers, students and staff from DPS, Indirapuram and the German contingent, in India as part of an exchange programme, were headed for an educational tour to Jim Corbett National Park when the accident took place near Gajraula around 7 am, police said.
The two people travelling in the car were killed instantly, while the 20 escaped with minor injuries, Gajraula police said.
“The injured were provided with initial medical treatment and rushed back to Ghaziabad for further medical help,” circle officer (Dhanaura) Alok Chaturvedi said over phone.
“The bus driver fled the spot. The bus has been seized and a case registered at Gajraula police station,” he added.
The injured were taken to Shanti Gopal hospital in Indirapuram where their condition was said to be safe by hospital officials.
“Twelve injured persons were referred... three have been admitted,” said Dr Sanjay Garg, the hospital’s director.
German embassy officials later rushed to the hospital to review the medical facilities.
“The accident has shaken us all,” said a German teacher, Marcos, 37, who suffered a leg injury that was stitched. “Three of our children still complain of giddiness after the accident.”
15-year-old Carmen, a student, who suffered from nasal-bone fracture and a knee injury said, “It was shocking but I hope to recover soon from my injuries.”
Principal Meeta Rai said: “It was car driver’s fault who had come from the wrong side.”