18 killed as double-decker bus crashes into milk tanker in UP's Unnao

At least 18 people were killed and more than 30 injured when a double-decker bus rammed into a milk tanker on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao district, early on Wednesday.

The bus was travelling from Sitamarhi in Bihar to Delhi. It hit the milk tanker from behind near Garha village, according to official sources.

The impact of the collision was so huge that the bus was almost pulverised and people were flung out of the vehicle.

Police and other emergency personnel rushed to the site to extricate victims and transport the injured to hospitals.

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Visuals from the scene showed bodies strewn on the ground, twisted scraps of metal, shattered glass and destroyed possessions.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh from PMNRF for the next of kin of the deceased in the bus-tanker accident in Uttar Pradesh's Unnao in which 18 people died.

The injured would be given Rs 50,000 each.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also expressed his grief over the accident and directed officials to ensure proper treatment to the injured.

(With inputs from IANS)