Nine killed, 32 injured in bus-SUV collision in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit
UP police said the accident seems to have occurred due to the bus driver’s negligence.Updated: Oct 17, 2020, 16:54 IST
At least nine people were killed and 32 others injured when a bus they were travelling on collided with an SUV at Puranpur in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district on Saturday.
Pilibhit police superintendent Jai Prakash said the bus was on its way to Puranpur from Lucknow. “The bus rolled down the road into a nearby field after the collision. A total of 50 passengers were in both the vehicles ...” he said. “In the early morning accident, nine persons were killed, while around 32 were injured.”
The six of those killed were identified as Shakeel, 28, Gayadeen, 45, Kalavati, 40, Mohan Bahadur, 45, Deepa Vishvas, 50 and Shyam, 12. Prakash said the identity of three others was yet to be ascertained.
Prakash said the accident seems to have occurred due to the bus driver’s negligence. “Some of the passengers of the bus have informed us that the bus driver failed to see the SUV and collided with it. The matter will be probed and action will be taken against the guilty,” said Prakash, who visited the injured in the hospitals they have been admitted to.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath offered his condolences to the families of those killed in the accident and directed officials to ensure proper treatment of the injured. He announced Rs 5 lakh compensation each for the families of those killed in the accident.
Police said the accident happened near a blind turn around 4 am and a team was rushed to the scene within minutes for rescue operations. The injured were rushed to hospitals in Pilibhit and nearby Bareilly district.