15 killed as truck crashes into passenger bus in Barabanki
In a tragic incident, at least 15 people were killed in the Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh as a truck collided with a passenger bus. The two vehicles reportedly collided head-on at a great speed, sending splinters flying. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced financial compensation for those deceased and injured. Roughly two dozen people are reported to have sustained serious injuries.
Delhi-Bahraich bus met with accident near Baburi village
The passenger bus was reportedly traveling from Delhi to Bahraich in UP via Lucknow when it collided with an oncoming truck. The incident occurred near Baburi village on Kisan Path in Barabanki's Deva Kotwali around 5:30 am on Thursday. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the truck "suddenly going berserk" before it rammed into the passenger bus. They said both vehicles were traveling at very high speeds.
Grievously injured being treated at KGMU, Lucknow
Rescue teams shifted the injured to local hospitals. While nine persons were declared brought dead at hospitals, six others died during treatment, the police said. The toll has now risen to 15, Barabanki Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad confirmed. Those who were injured more seriously were rushed to the KGMU trauma center in Lucknow. The rest are being treated at a Barabanki district hospital.
Emergency responders cut through bus to rescue injured
Shortly after being alerted about the road accident, police personnel and district officials rushed to the spot. Live Hindustan reported that emergency responders had to cut through portions of the bus to rescue those injured in the crash. As the injured were being taken to hospitals, nine were declared dead on arrival. Certain other passengers are yet to be identified.
UP CM expresses grief; announces financial compensation
In a statement, CM Yogi Adityanath expressed his grief over the incident. He said his thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives in Thursday's crash. The CM also announced an ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 2 lakh each for the kin of those deceased. Those who suffered injuries in the crash will be given Rs. 50,000 each.