Bangkok Post

More than 20 killed in explosion after bus slams into lorry

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LUCKNOW: A bus slammed head-on into a lorry in northern India early yesterday, killing 22 people and injuring more than a dozen, police said.

The bus was carrying 37 passengers when it collided with the lorry and caught fire near the city of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh state, said Santosh Yadav, a police officer.

Twenty-two bus passengers were killed and 15 others were injured in the accident, which took place at around 1.30am, he said. The bus driver and conductor escaped with only minor scratches, while the driver of the truck was not injured.

The bodies of all 22 victims were charred badly and could not be immediatel­y identified, Yadav said.

The bus was heading from Gonda, a small town in Uttar Pradesh, to New Delhi, India’s capital.

Authoritie­s have launched an investigat­ion into the accident.

“The case is under investigat­ion and the cause of the accident and subsequent burning of the bus will be looked into,” Mr Yadav said.

Mr Yadav said the bus’s fuel tank exploded and caught fire after the collision.

The doors of the government-run bus jammed in the collision, trapping the passengers insiders as it caught fire, he said.

Some passengers were able to escape by breaking the windows, but police found 22 charred bodies inside the bus once the blaze was finally extinguish­ed.

India has some of the world’s deadliest roads with more than 230,000 fatalities annually, according to the World Health Organisati­on. Transport analysts attribute the huge number of accidents to poor roads, ill-trained drivers and reckless driving.

The national government has put forward proposals for new legislatio­n to make roads safer by stiffening traffic laws.

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