Double-Decker Bus Collides With Milk Truck, Killing 18

19 injured in India tragedy
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 10, 2024 2:30 AM CDT
18 Dead After Double-Decker Bus Collides With Milk Truck
A roadside assistance worker tows away the mangled remains of a double-decker passenger bus that collided with a milk truck, near Unnao, in the northern India state of Uttar Pradesh, Wednesday, July 10, 2024.   (AP Photo)

A double-decker passenger bus collided with a milk truck in northern India on Wednesday, killing at least 18 people and injuring many others, officials said. The collision occurred on an expressway in Uttar Pradesh state, and 19 injured people were rushed to the hospital by villagers in the area, said police officer Arvind Kumar, adding that their condition was reported to be stable. The bus was traveling from the northern state of Bihar to the capital New Delhi, the AP reports. "Authorities are in the process of identifying the victims, and a probe has been launched to determine the exact cause of the accident," Kumar added.

Gaurang Rathi, a government official, said that according to a preliminary investigation the bus may have been speeding when it struck the milk truck from behind, which led both vehicles to overturn. The collision was severe enough that one side of the bus was torn off, causing passengers to be ejected from the vehicle. Images on television showed bodies scattered across the road. India has some of the highest road death rates in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people killed and injured annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads, and aging vehicles.

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