Agra: Two were killed and 16 were injured after Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation’s bus jumped off Agra-Lucknow Expressway into a ditch due to dense fog on Monday morning, in an attempt to avoid collision with a truck.Police claimed that a Rajasthan registered goods truck broke down in the middle of its journey on late Sunday night and was not removed from the expressway, following which on Monday morning at around 6.50am, the bus met an accident near milestone 18.600 of Fatehabad police jurisdiction of Agra district, while it was heading towards the state capital along with 37 passengers and four crew of the bus.
By the time this report was filed, local police could identify only one deceased passenger – Dinesh Shakya (44) of Bhagipur village of Etah district – while other victim’s identity was yet to be ascertained.“Nearly 16 passengers were injured, including two in critical conditions, who have been shifted to SN Medical College. Our team is trying to ascertain the identity of the deceased passenger,” said Pramod Kumar, additional superintendent of police Agra rural east.
He said, “During questioning, the driver of UP roadways bus Raj Kumar claimed that he was accelerating bus between 40-50 kmph in heavy dense fog when he suddenly saw the truck parked on the extreme right lane. In order to avoid a collision, the driver took a hard left turn but plunged into a ditch.”Adding further, the ASP said, “The fog was so dense on the expressway that it took me nearly an hour to reach the accident spot. But what concerns us is why the defunct goods truck was not removed from the stretch.”
According to police, the truck’s front right tyre deflated during its journey and its axle got damaged, forcing it to stop on extreme right lane. The accident occurred just 3km before toll plaza.Speaking on anonymity, a private concessionaire’s expressway patrolling team member said, “Within 15 minutes of bus accident our team along with UPEDIA patrolling team reached the accident spot and started the rescue operation along with the police team.”He said, “Last night we received information about the broken-down truck and immediately UPEDIA patrolling team installed a barricade parameter around the vehicle with safety cones.
Since our cranes were busy in two other accidents, which occurred at milestone 47 and 49 on Sunday night, they immediately couldn’t dispatch cranes to remove the truck. The UP roadways bus had hit safety cones before jumping off the expressway.”