Agra: At least 29 people are reported to be killed and 22 others injured when a bus fell into a deep drain on the Yamuna Expressway early morning, today(July 8, 2019). The bus fell into the 40-feet-deep gap between two flyovers on the expressway near Milestone 161 (Jharna nullah) which is under Etmadpur police jurisdiction of Agra; after hitting the divider at around 4.15am. According to the in-charge coordinator of Yamuna Expressway, Major (retired) Manish Singh, It seems the bus driver of the UPSRTC Jan Rath fell asleep on the wheel, breaking the divider and taking the bus into the 40-feet shallow gap between two flyovers of Yamuna Expressway. Babloo Kumar, who is the Senior superintendent of police, Agra, said, “Our teams are engaged in the rescue operation. 29 casualties have been reported, as of now, The injured have been shifted to hospital.
The bus was heading to Delhi from Lucknow Alambagh depot; it had about 50 passengers. UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath has announced Rs 5 lakh as an ex-gratia to the family of the passengers killed in the accident and also instructed the officials to speed up the rescue work and provide proper treatment to the injured. A helpline issued control room number (0562-2260001) is started by Agra police for queries related to bus accident victims. Assistant regional manager, Lucknow UPSRTC, Ambrin Akhtar said; The bus was being driven by 45-year-old Kripa Shankar Chaudhary, who has a zero record of accident. The cause of the accident and the status of the bus driver and conductor Asnish Mishra is not known yet.
Bureau News, Kokan now, Agra.