Tragic Collision on Agra Expressway: 18 Dead, 20 Injured

S Choudhury
Tragic Collision on Agra Expressway 18 Dead 20 Injured
Tragic Collision on Agra Expressway 18 Dead 20 Injured

A tragic accident on the Agra Expressway involving a sleeper bus and a milk tanker resulted in 18 fatalities and 20 injuries. The collision caused severe damage to both vehicles, prompting a swift response from police and locals.

In a devastating incident early Wednesday morning, a sleeper bus traveling from Shivgarh in Bihar to Delhi collided with a milk tanker on the Agra Expressway, resulting in 18 fatalities and 20 injuries. The accident occurred near Bangarmau at kilometer 247 on the expressway.

The collision, which happened at approximately 4:30 am, was so severe that both the bus and the tanker were torn apart. The police and local residents quickly arrived at the scene to assist the injured and transport them to nearby hospitals. The bus was moved to the side of the road to reopen traffic on the busy expressway.

Details of the Accident

The sleeper bus, en route from Siwan in Bihar to Delhi, collided with a milk tanker that was overtaking it. According to initial reports, the bus lost control during the overtaking maneuver, causing the tanker to crush the left side of the bus. The impact was catastrophic, leaving the bus in shambles and scattering debris across the expressway.

Emergency Response

Passengers from other vehicles on the expressway immediately notified the authorities about the accident. The Bangarmau police, upon arriving at the scene, initiated rescue operations. They transported the injured to the community health center, where 18 individuals were declared dead. The severely injured passengers were later transferred to the KGMU Trauma Center for further treatment.

Witness Accounts

Eyewitnesses described the scene as chaotic and horrifying. “The collision was so intense that it felt like an explosion. The bus was completely destroyed, and people were trapped inside,” said a passerby who helped in the rescue efforts. The timely intervention by locals and the police helped in preventing further casualties by quickly clearing the site and providing first aid to the injured.

Authorities’ Statements

The local authorities have expressed their condolences to the families of the victims. “This is a tragic incident, and our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their lives and those injured. We are ensuring that the injured receive the best possible medical care,” said a police spokesperson. An investigation has been launched to determine the exact cause of the accident and to ascertain whether any traffic violations contributed to the collision.

Impact on Traffic

The accident caused significant disruption to traffic on the Agra Expressway. However, swift action by the police and local volunteers ensured that the wreckage was cleared promptly, and traffic resumed within a few hours. Authorities have urged drivers to exercise caution, especially in early morning hours when visibility can be reduced.

Preventive Measures

This incident underscores the importance of road safety and adherence to traffic regulations. The police have reiterated the need for proper vehicle maintenance and driver vigilance to prevent such tragedies. They have also called for increased patrolling on highways to monitor and manage traffic more effectively.

As investigations continue, the community mourns the loss of lives and prays for the speedy recovery of those injured. This tragic event serves as a grim reminder of the potential dangers on our roads and the necessity of stringent safety measures.