At least 16 people were killed and six injured in a road accident on the Kanpur-Allahabad highway in the Sachendi area of this Uttar Pradesh district late on Tuesday evening, police said. Two among the injured are said to be critical, they added.
Kanpur Outer's Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashtbhuja Prasad Singh said the accident occurred in the Kisan Nagar area when a speeding bus hit a loader, which fell on the other side of the highway, while the bus also overturned and fell into a ditch.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and ordered an inquiry into the incident.
The collision was so strong that almost all passengers of both the vehicles got trapped and some of them died on the spot, the SP said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday expressed grief at the loss of lives in a road accident in Kanpur and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for the next of kin the deceased.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) said Rs 50,000 each would be provided to those injured in the accident. Modi expressed his condolences to the families of the deceased and wished a speedy recovery to the injured.