Major road accident in UP's Barabanki; at least 18 dead, 19 injured after speeding truck hits bus
At least 18 people were killed in a major road accident at Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh after a double-decker bus hit by a speeding truck on the Lucknow-Ayodhya national highway, near the Ram Sanehi Ghat police station area in the district. The incident took place around 1:30am in the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday, reported HT's sister publication Live Hindustan. As many as 19 passengers were also left gravely injured in the incident, said UP police officials familiar with the development, adding that the wounded passengers were rushed to the district hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his condolences over the tragic mishap at Barabanki and said that arrangements are being made for the proper treatment of all those injured in the incident. He also said that the central government will be providing ₹2 lakh from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund (PMNRF) as ex-gratia to the next of kin of passengers who lost their lives. The injured will be provided ₹50,000 each, he said.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath also expressed his deepest condolences and prayed for the departed souls, issuing additional orders to provide treatment to all those injured in the accident. All possible help and relief will be provided to the affected people, the chief minister said.
Speaking to reporters at the hospital, Lucknow Zone ADG Satya Narayan Sabat confirmed that as many as 18 people have died in the "tragic mishap" that took place last night on the highway near Ram Sanehi Ghat in the Barabanki district. Several others still remain stuck under the bus, he said, adding that a rescue operation is currently underway. "Most of the passengers hailed from various districts in Bihar, including Sitamarhi and Saharsa," the police official said. "They were returning to their native state from Punjab and Haryana, where they had put up for work."
Elaborating on the Barabanki accident, ADG Satya Narayan Sabat said that several passengers had come out of the bus when the driver informed them that the axle shaft had broken down. Moments later, a speeding truck arrived and collided with the stationary bus from behind, resulting in the deaths of many of the passengers who were resting up along the highway; while several others were left gravely injured.
Two passengers were declared dead on arrival at the hospital, while one more succumbed to their injuries during treatment, the police official said. "An operation to retrieve bodies from underneath the bus is currently on," he said, adding that at least 18 people have died so far, according to the latest updates. "Following this tragic mishap, the district administration and the police have launched a probe into the matter and ensuring that the wounded receive the best medical treatment that's available," the UP police official added.
"The Prime Minister has spoken to the chief minister to know about the road accident in Barabanki," said additional chief secretary (Home) Awnish Awasthi. "He (PM Modi) expressed his condolences to the family of the deceased. The chief minister has also expressed his condolences and directed the DM, SP Barabanki to provide the best medical care to the injured."
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has also asked for arrangements to take the passengers to their destinations, Awasthi said.
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