New Delhi: As many as eight people died and 30 suffered injuries after a bus rammed a truck from behind on the Yamuna Expressway in Greater Noida on Friday morning.

The bus was returning from Agra when it met with the accident around 5AM. Initial reports suggest brake fail as the cause of the road accident.

All the injured have been rushed to the hospital while the dead bodies have been sent for post mortem.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath condoled the deaths, while top officials of Gautam Buddh Nagar, including District Magistrate B N Singh and police chief Vaibhav Krishna, rushed to meet the victims in the hospital.

“I am saddened by the demise of eight people in a bus accident in Greater Noida today. Praying for the peace of the departed souls and strength to their families. Also wishing speedy recovery to the passengers injured in the accident,” Adityanth tweeted.

Police Circle Officer, Jewar, Sharat Chandra Sharma said, “Eight people were killed and 30 injured in the incident. The victims were rushed to the nearby Kailash Hospital in Jewar. The speeding bus rammed a tanker which was moving relatively slowly.”

“The exact cause of the incident is yet to be confirmed, but prima facie it appears the driver was drowsy. The tanker was moving at a slower pace and the speeding bus could have comfortably overtaken it, but instead rammed into it,” Sharma said.

The deceased have been identified as bus driver Mahesh Kumar (48), helper Bandu (25), passengers Vineeta (32), Arun (42), Asad (12), Suman (35) and Vishwanath Tiwari (75). The identity of one deceased is yet to be established.

 

With PTI inputs