New Delhi, January 11: Hours after the fatal bus accident in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj district on Friday night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed his condolences for the deceased. Soon after the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered immediate rescue operation for the injured and directed the Kannuaj DC and SP to probe the matter.
Expressing his condolences for the deceased, PM Modi took to twitter and wrote, "I am deeply saddened to know about the horrific road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Kannauj. Several people have lost their lives in the accident. I express my condolences to the bereaved families and wish speedy recovery to the injured persons." Kannauj Bus Accident: Bus Carrying 46 People Catches Fire, 20 Feared Dead.
Here's PM Modi's tweet:
उत्तर प्रदेश के कन्नौज में हुए भीषण सड़क हादसे के बारे में जानकर अत्यंत दुख पहुंचा है। इस दुर्घटना में कई लोगों को अपनी जान गंवानी पड़ी है। मैं मृतकों के परिजनों के प्रति अपनी संवेदनाएं प्रकट करता हूं, साथ ही घायलों के शीघ्र स्वस्थ होने की कामना करता हूं।
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 11, 2020
According to unofficial reports, around 20 people are feared dead while 12 are critically injured. The police informed that the double-decker bus was carrying 46 passengers to Jaipur, when it collided with truck on GT highway. Soon after the head-on collision, the bus caught fire.
The Kannauj administration took swift action and rushed four fire engines which took 30 to 40 minutes to douse the fire in both the vehicles. In the night only, around 21 people were rescued, said a senior police officer. CM Adityanath had directed officials to ensure proper treatment of the injured.
In another incident, at least 12 people injured in collision between a bus and a car following which three more vehicles collided into the bus due to low visibility because of fog on Agra - Lucknow Expressway on Saturday morning. Injured have been shifted to trauma centre in Lucknow.