A truck collided with a school bus in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah today, leading to the death of 25 school children and injuring 30 others, reports India Today.
The accident also killed the bus’ driver.
According to eye witnesses, the areas poor visibility was the major cause of the accident.
The school bus had on board 50 JS Vidya School students. It is reported that the head-on collision happened with the truck under a high speed.
UP DGP Javed Ahmed tweeted that rescue mission is still in progress. 16 of the injured have been referred to Agra for better treatment.
India’s Prime Minister expressed his pain over the loss of the young lives through Twitter. He said that he is “Anguished by the tragic accident in UP’s Etah district.” The PM added that he shares “the pain of the bereaved families and condole passing away of young children.”
In a separate accident in Sitapur, 20 people were injured and the bus driver killed.
The bus, which was on its way from Dewaria to Delhi, fell into a gorge as the driver failed to negotiate a curve due to thick fog in the area.
Utter Pradesh has been hit by a wave of shock that has so far killed at least 28 people.
The schools which had opened briefly after an extended winter break have been closed yet again in state capital Lucknow as a result of the cold wave.
The city is struggling with icy winds that have been instrumental in impeding transportation.