Within 24 hours of seven van occupants being charred to death in a mishap on Taj Expressway, six more were killed and several others injured when their SUV was hit by a Bihar government bus on Lucknow-Agra Expressway in the wee hours of Tuesday.
As per reports, the SUV heading to Agra from Lucknow was knocked by a Bihar-bound bus which jumped the divider coming from the opposite direction in Bilhaur police station area in Bangarmau. The police said that the bus driver lost control of the vehicle. The bus carrying 40 passengers from Ghaziabad first hit the SUV and then hurtled down the service lane.
While all five occupants of the SUV died on the spot, the bus driver also died and around 15 bus passengers were injured.
Those in the SUV were identified as Sunni (35), Mukesh (40), Ram Shanker (45), Surjeet (33). The bus driver was yet to be identified. The SUV was registered in the name of Sunita Singh of Delhi.
The police said that the impact was such that even after air bags of the SUV opened, the occupants could not be saved. The injured were rushed to hospital by highway police.
Meanwhile, in Basti, a leading cloth merchant of Gorakhpur, his wife and another person were killed while the couple’s son was injured in a mishap on Monday night.
Prem Jalan of Basharatpur in Gorakhpur was returning with his wife Vidya and son Rishabh from Lucknow in a car on Monday night. While they were crossing Baburhawa hamlet in Basti, a motorcyclist going ahead suddenly applied brakes. As a result, Prem lost control of the car which hit the motorcyclist before plouging into a tractor-trolley.
The injured were rushed to a hospital where Prem Jalan, his wife Vidya and the motorcyclist, identified as Ranjeet of Basti, were declared dead.
The couple were preparing for a grand birthday bash of Rishabh on February 22 and Prem Jalan had also uploaded a post on social media wishing his son in advance. Prem’s elder daughter Nandani is an undergradutae student in New Delhi.
In another accident, two persons were killed while half-a-dozen others injured in Mainpuri early Tuesday morning. Rajneesh aka Amit (32) of Dhamiyapur in Mainpuri used to work in Gurugram. On Monday night, he left in a car with his kin to reach Mainpuri.
The car was being driven by Amit’s cousin Abhisekh (27). Around 3:30 am on Tuesday, while they were passing through Sanjay College on Delhi-Agra highway, the car rammed into a tanker. Amit and Abhisekh’s wife Priyanka (25) died while Abhisek, his son Yuvraj (2), daughter Ashunka (5), kin Asha and Asha’s son Anil were injured.
Meanwhile, in Sultanpur, a youth was burnt alive after coming in contact with a high-tension wire. Vinod (17) of Korradadwa hamlet of Ambedkarnaga left his house to drop his friend at an examination centre early Tuesday morning. While he was crossing Baithu hamlet of Jaisinghpur, Vinod’s motorcycle came in contact with a 11000 volt high-tension wire which had snapped and lying on the road. Vinod got entangled in the wire and was burnt alive. Locals staged a demonstration demanding action against the officials of Electricity department.