KANPUR: At least 17 passengers were killed and 32 got injured after a doule-decker Volvo private tourist bus hit a divider and turned turtle on Mainpuri- Etawah road near Kiratpur village under the limits of Dannahar police station in Mainpuri district on Wednesday morning.
According to reports, the double-decker private bus, belonging to Maan Transport in Farrukhabad, at around 8:45 had left for Farrukhabad via Mainpuri from Rajasthan’s Jaipur when it lost control and hit the divider and turned turtle.District magistrate Pradeep Kumar and superintendent of police Ajay Shankar Rai rushed to the mishap site to take note of the situation. The injured have been admitted to district hospital in Mainpuri and Saifai Medical University in Etawah.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his deepest condolences and announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each for the family of deceased and Rs 50,000 for the injured in the accident.
According to some of the passengers in the bus, the driver was overspeeding, besides they also informed that many passengers were travelling on the roof of the bus.
“The bus was carrying around 60-70 people and was on its way to Farrukhabad via Mainpuri from Jaipur,” said Superintendent of Police Ajay Shankar Rai.The bus turned turtle after crashing into a road divider near Kiratpur village on the Mainpuri-Etawah road, in the early hours of Wednesday,” he said.
He further confirmed, 17 people have been killed, while more than two dozens sustained injuries. “The bus driver has lost his left leg and is currently undergoing treatment at Saifai Medical university,” the SP said further and added, “Till now only four deceased have been identified.”
The police also said that maximum number of casualties include those passengers who due to intense heat were sleeping on the roof of the bus. The police further said that the passengers mostly includes ‘Zardozi’ embroidery artisans and brick kiln labourers who were on their way to village in Farrukhabad and Kannauj districts. A police official told TOI that cranes have been pressed into action to lift the bus.