22 Passengers Feared Dead In Ghastly Bus Accident in Uttar Pradesh, India
In India, Northern state of Uttar Pradesh, early Monday, 22 people were burnt alive when their bus collided with a truck.
The accident took place near the Bareilly city.
Rohit Sajwar, the Senior Police Officer, said, 15 passengers were dead, while the other six were seriously injured.
According to him, “the diesel tank of the bus burst after the collision which led to the fire and the bodies of the passengers were burnt beyond recognition. Initial investigations indicate that all victims died of burn injuries”.
However, autopsies were carried out to determine the exact cause of their death. The bus was travelling from Indian capital New Delhi to Gonda, a district in the north-eastern region of Uttar Pradesh.
The Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state agencies send condolences for the loss of life and announced compensation for the families of the victims.
The government data estimates that 146,000 people died in road accidents in India in 2015, or 400 deaths a day. The high rate of fatal traffic accidents is mostly blamed on poorly maintained roads, careless driving and bad vehicles.