17 dead as bus collides with truck in India
Published: 10:59 AM, 6 January 2022 Updated: 11:42 AM, 6 January 2022
At least 17 people were killed and 26 others injured in a head-on collision between a bus and a gas cylinder-laden truck in India's Jharkhand.
The accident took place around 8:30 am on Wednesday local time on the Govindpur-Sahibganj state highway in Pakur district.
Police said that the bus carrying around 40 passengers was headed to Jasidih in the Deoghar district from Barharwa in Sahibganj. Several people trapped inside the bus were rescued after dismantling the vehicle with gas-cutters.
However, none of the gas cylinders on the truck exploded. The death count could further rise, a police officer said.
Police initially thought that heavy fog in the area may be the reason behind the accident.
The district administration has announced an aid of ₹ 1 lakh each for the families of those killed in the accident.
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet has announced aid of ₹ 2 lakh each for the families of those who died, and ₹ 50,000 to those injured.
President Ram Nath Kovind also expressed grief over the accident and prayed for the speedy recovery of the injured. - NDTV