Eight people died while 21 sustained injuries in Sambhal on Wednesday morning when an Uttar Pradesh Roadways bus collided with a gas tanker amid reduced visibility due to fog, police said. The crash took place in the Dhanari police station area, they added.
"Eight people have died in the accident involving a bus of the UP Roadways and a gas tanker. All injured have been hospitalised. The number of injured persons is 21. The bodies have been sent for autopsy. Traffic has been diverted since there is still some gas in the tanker," Moradabad Inspector General of Police (IG) Ramit Sharma told reporters. Earlier, Superintendent of Police Chakresh Mishra had put the number of injured at 25 and said the head-on collision took place on the Agra-Moradabad road.
Police said the deceased are yet to be identified. District administration and police officials are at the spot and rescue operations are on, they added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the incident. He offered offered his deep sympathies to families of the deceased and wished a quick recovery for the injured. He said the state government is working with alacrity in rescue and relief work.
The Prime Minister's Office shared Modi's condolences message in a tweet. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath too expressed grief over the accident, a state government spokesperson said.
The chief minister directed officials to ensure that the injured get adequate treatment, he added.