Twenty people, including six children, were killed when a mini-truck they were travelling in collided head-on with an Uttarakhand Roadways bus in Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr district on Thursday.
Twenty-four others were injured — 12 of them critically — in the accident that took place around 5am.
While the bus was heading to Haldwani town of Uttarakhand, the truck was returning from Garhmukteshwar in Ghaziabad.
“A man named Mahipal Singh had hired the truck to take his relatives and friends to Brajghat in Garhmukteshwar to perform a ritual. After taking a dip in the Ganges, they were returning to their village, Mukangarhi, in Bulandshahr,” said Gulab Singh, district superintendent of police.
Prima facie evidence suggests that the driver of the truck lost control of his vehicle and collided with the bus coming from the opposite direction.
The truck driver and Mahipal Singh died on the spot, the police said. The bus driver has also sustained severe neck injuries and is undergoing treatment.
The police said nearby villagers rushed to spot soon after the accident and began rescue work.
On getting information about the collision, police and health department personnel also reached the spot and took over rescue operations.
The injured were taken to the district hospital where doctors referred the critically injured patients to Meerut for further treatment, the police said.