Bareilly Bus Crash: At least 22 people have been burnt to death with 15 others injured after the bus they travelled in collided with a tuck on National Highway in Bareilly district of Uttar Pradesh in the early hours of Monday. Both the vehicles had caught fire immediately following the crash. The injured were taken to the nearby hospitals, according to local sources.
Speaking to news agency PTI, 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. 22 passengers of the bus died, while 15 sustained injuries. Six passengers are critically injured and have been hospitalised,” he said.
“The truck and the bus both caught fire after the collision. Fire engines reached as soon as possible but the flames were so high that it took us a lot of effort to actually douse the flames and reach inside”, a senior police officer, SK Bhagat, told reporters.
The reason for the immediate fire is that the bus collided with a diesel truck, and the bus was travelling with 41 passengers from New Delhi to Gonda district. Police says that the victim bodies were burnt beyond the recognition. The crash killed the bus driver while the conductor was badly injured. The truck driver is absconding.
India accounts for highest number of road deaths in the world with an accident occurring every 4 minutes. Several accidents were reported due to rash driving, bad roads and poor maintenance of vehicles. 146,133 people were killed in several road accidents across India in 2015.