India passenger bus crash kills 22 – BBC News

At least 22 people have been killed after a bus they were travelling in collided with a truck in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The crash happened early on Monday in the city of Bareilly, 251km (155 miles) from the state capital, Lucknow.

A senior police official said all 22 victims had been charred badly and could not be immediately identified.

The passenger bus had caught fire following the collision. Police are searching for the driver of the truck.

India road crashes kill 146,133 people in 2015

The AFP news agency quoted police as saying the doors of the bus jammed after the collision, trapping passengers inside.

A few people managed to escape by breaking open the windows of the vehicle.

The chief spokesman of the Uttar Pradesh police, Rahul Srivastav, said the bus was carrying 41 passengers, and that those who were injured had been rushed to hospital.

The condition of many of them is said to be serious, and officials warn that the toll is likely to rise.

India has the world’s highest number of road deaths, with an accident taking place every four minutes.

Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and ageing vehicles.

Source: India passenger bus crash kills 22 – BBC News

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One Comment to “India passenger bus crash kills 22 – BBC News”

  1. India passenger bus crash kills 22 – BBC News

    There are three elements involved in the road traffic movements, namely driving skills, road surface and vehicles.
    For an accident to happen,if two out of three are not up to the right standards, it is certain to happen!

    As stated above, reckless driving, poor road conditions and ageing/poorly maintained vehicles are blamed for most crashes. Therefore (in general) all the three elements are there for the accidents.

    I am not surprised to read such news (sadly, all too often) and no wonder (as stated above) India has the world’s highest number of road deaths.

    There is no other way but to improve the standards of all three elements causing the accidents. A huge task!

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