As many as 18 people were crushed to death after a bus was hit by a speeding truck in Uttar Pradesh's Barabanki on Wednesday. The ghastly accident was reported in the wee hours today at the National Highway 28, where the double-decker bus was parked at the roadside following a breakdown.
Eighteen labourers, who were sleeping on the roadside were killed due to the impact of the accident. The truck hit the bus from behind, causing the bus to move ahead and crush the labourers. More than 24 labourers have been reported injured.
A team of police reached the spot as soon as they received information about the accident.
Commenting on the accident, Satya Narayan Sabat, ADG, Lucknow Zone said, "A truck rammed into a bus near Ram Sanehi Ghat In Barabanki, late last night. About 18 casualties with many passengers sustaining injuries;19 hospitalized."
"Rescue operation to recover the dead bodies stuck under the bus is underway," he added.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakhs each from PMNRF for the next of kin of those who lost their lives in the tragic accident in Barabanki. The injured would be given Rs 50,000 each, the prime minister's office said on Twitter.