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Driver killed, 24 Himachal students injured as tourist bus overturns on Yamuna expressway

The bus met with the accident after the front tyre on the driver’s side punctured as it crossed the Khandoli toll plaza.

lucknow Updated: Nov 03, 2017 15:56 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hindustan Times, Agra
Yamuna expressway,Himachal Pradesh,Mandi
The tourist bus was carrying students from Alok Bharti Vidyalaya of Kotli town in Himachal’s Mandi district.(HT Photo)

A tourist bus driver was killed and 24 school students from Himachal Pradesh injured when the bus overturned after the driver lost control of the vehicle due to a tyre burst on the Yamuna Expressway on Friday.

The students of Alok Bharti Vidyalaya of Kotli town in Himachal’s Mandi district were on a tour to Agra, Vrindavan and Fatehpur Sikri, and had hired the bus from Chandigardh.

“The driver Harish Kumar lost control as a tyre got punctured near Khandoli toll plaza at about 10 am,” said Bharat Bhushan, the tour operator who also got injured and is recuperating at Agra’s Jay hospital, where the driver succumbed to injuries.

The inside of the state-run bus after it met with the accident. (HT Photo)

The injured, nine of whom were critical, were taken to various hospitals in Agra and the students’ parents were informed.

Agra district magistrate Gaurav Dayal said the one of the arms of a class 12 student, Abhishek Kumar and a leg of the cook, Pushp Raj had to be amputated.

“We were sleeping when the tyre got flat and the bus hit the side wall of the road. There was panic all around before we were brought to hospital,” said Ankit Malhotra, a class 9 student.

Agra division commissioner, K Ram Mohan Rao visited SN Medical College where eight students and one teacher are undergoing treatment.

There were 50 other students from the same school travelling in another bus. They have reached the hotel safely and without knowledge of the incident.

The bus was hired from Chnadigarh. Nine of the passengers were critically injured.

A police officer told IANS that the driver lost control of the bus after a tyre burst. “Since the bus was at a high speed, it overturned,” he said.

India witnessed 17 deaths and 55 road accidents every hour in 2016, one of the highest in the world, according to the latest report released by the Union road transport and highways ministry.

The spiralling road accident numbers bring to the fore the urgency to expedite the passage of the of the motor vehicle amendment bill that lawmakers have put on hold for the last several years. The amendments, proposed in 2010, is yet to see the light of the day.

Inaugurated in 2012, the 165-km-long Yamuna Expressway connects Agra with Noida.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 14:18 IST