Bareilly, UP: At least 22 passengers were charred to death and 15 injured when a bus collided head-on with a truck and burst into flames on National Highway 24 here early Monday.
The bus of the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) carrying 41 passengers from Delhi was on its way to Gonda in eastern Uttar Pradesh when the accident took place near Bada bypass.
Senior superintendent of police Jogendra Kumar said, “The accident involving a bus of UPSRTC and a truck took place between 1:00 am and 1:30 am.
“Twenty-two passengers of the bus died, while 15 sustained injuries. Six passengers are critically injured and have been hospitalised,” he said.
According to eyewitnesses, the bodies were charred beyond recognition.
The driver of the bus is also among the deceased, while the conductor sustained serious injuries.
The driver of the truck is absconding.
Police said the impact of the head-on collision was so big that the diesel tank was completely damaged.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives in the accident and sanctioned Rs 2 lakh each to the kin of those killed.
He also announced Rs 50,000 for each of those injured in the collision.
“The bus accident in UP’s Bareilly is heart-rending. I condole the loss of lives. I pray that those injured recover at the earliest,” Modi said in his message.
He sanctioned the ex-gratia relief from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund, the PMO said.