29 killed after bus falls from bridge in UP

Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a state-run bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell into a large drain in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, officials said.

The bus was going from Lucknow to Delhi and had at least 50 passengers on board, they said.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has formed a committee to probe the reasons behind the accident and directed it to submit a report, Additional Chief Secretary Information, Awanish Awasthi, said.

"As per the district magistrate (of Agra) 29 persons have died. The bus fell into a 'nallah' (drain)," he said

The Uttar Pradesh Roadways will pay ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased, the officials said.

"One sleeper coach passenger bus travelling from Lucknow to Delhi met with an accident on Yamuna Expressway," the Uttar Pradesh Police said on Twitter.

(Agencies)