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Truck rams into bus broken down on national highway in India’s Rajasthan; 11 killed, 15 injured

The incident happened early on September 13 when some passengers of the bus were standing behind the vehicle when the speeding truck hit it from behind.

Medics attend an injured passenger at a hospital after a trailer rammed into a passenger bus from behind on the Jaipur-Agra National Highway, in Bharatpur district of the Indian state of Rajasthan on Wednesday, September 13, 2023. (PTI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

IN a shocking incident, at least 11 people were killed while 15 others were injured when a truck rammed into a stationary bus on a national highway in Bharatpur in the north-western Indian state of Rajasthan early on Wednesday (13).

The bus was parked on a bridge on the highway side after developing a technical snag. According to a witness who was among the passengers of the bus, the driver of the vehicle and some of his co-passengers were standing behind the vehicle when the speeding truck rammed it from behind. Five men and six women were killed on the spot, police said.

The bus, which originated from the western state of Gujarat, was travelling from Pushkar in Rajasthan to Vrindavan in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh and the incident happened around 4.30 am, the police added.

“The bus was standing on the highway while its repairing work was going on. Some passengers were in the bus while some were standing outside when the collision took place”, said Mridul Kachawa, Superintendent of Police (SP), Bharatpur.

Ashok Gehlot, chief minister of Rajasthan, offered condolences to the kin of the deceased and said in a post in Hindi on X, formerly Twitter, “The death of 11 people in a collision between a bus, that had come from Gujarat, and a trailer in Bharatpur is extremely sad. The police administration is present at the spot and the injured have been admitted to the hospital. I pray to God to give peace to the souls of all the deceased and courage to the families. May God give speedy recovery to all the injured.”

Prime minister Narendra Modi approved an ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh (£1,931) each for the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 (£483) each to the injured from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund.

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