A double-decker bus, carrying laborers from Punjab and Haryana to Bihar, was rammed into by an over-speeding truck on Lucknow- Ayodhya National Highway- 28 in Barabanki district of Uttar Pradesh.
Due to a breakdown in the bus, some laborers had come out and were sleeping on the road in front of the bus, while some were resting inside. The truck hit the bus from behind, causing the bus to move ahead and crush the laborers.
"We were around 130 people who left from a bus stop near Haryana's Ambala for Bihar... At around 8 pm, the bus broke down and the driver informed us that the repair work will take time. Many of us came out of the bus. A few were sleeping on the road, a few were eating or resting," said Bharat, a laborer that survived.
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The tragic incident occurred around 11 p.m. and almost 19 were crushed to death in their sleep. 25 others were found injured and have been admitted to different hospitals including the Trauma Center and Medical College of Barabanki District Hospital. A rescue operation to recover bodies trapped in the bus is under process.
"The bus driver had asked passengers to rest while he was repairing the bus. Soon after, a truck collided with the parked bus resulting in many casualties," Satya Narayan Sabat, Additional Director General (ADG), Lucknow Zone told ANI. “Most of the people in the bus were returning to their homes after working in Punjab and Haryana,” he added.
Soon after the incident, PM Narendra Modi tweeted to express his grief and stated that the Yogi government will do what is needed for the families of the victims. https://help.twitter.com/en/twitter-for-websites-ads-info-and-privacy
Later, he announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs each from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund for the families of those who lost their lives. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000 each.