Yogi sets up panel to probe into Yamuna Expressway accident

A state government spokesman said the crash occurred on Yamuna Expressway early Monday near Agra in Uttar Pradesh state

The mishap occurred when a passengers bus heading towards Delhi from Lucknow, the capital city of northern state of Uttar Pradesh, fell in an around 50-feet deep drain in the wee hours of Monday in Agra district of Uttar Pradesh.

The bus was traveling from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh to Delhi when the accident happened just before dawn, some 20 kilometers (12 miles) near Agra, home of the Taj Mahal.

Indian officials have said that the driver fell asleep and lost control of the double-decker bus before it went off a highway and plunged into a drain below.

While the injured were rushed to nearby Krishna Hospital and the seriously injured ones to SN Medical College, the bodies were sent for post-mortem.

The 165-km-long expressway connects Noida with Agra in Uttar Pradesh. The bus met with the accident near Agra.

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The accident took place near Agra on Monday morning.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has formed a committee to probe the reasons behind the accident and directed it to submit a report, Additional Chief Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi, said.

Two boys practising high speed running for recruitment to the forces told the media that they saw the bus fall and paced up to join in the rescue. "All senior officers present at the spot (sic)", the state police said on Twitter.

Officials of UPSRTC have said it will pay an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the families of those who were killed in the accident. I have spoken to CM Yogi Adityanath about it.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed their condolences. "The BJP's state General Secretary Pankaj Singh is also going", Rajnath Singh tweeted in Hindi. May God give strength to the kind of the deceased, my condolences with the families.

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