Basti: Six passengers were Monday killed and three others injured after being hit by a speeding truck while they were pushing a roadways bus which had broken down, police said.
The conductor of the bus Amit Kumar Lodhi also died in the accident, Circle Officer Harraiya Rahul Pandey said. The incident took place near Bhadohi village when the bus going from Allahabad to Gorakhpur broke down near a roadside eatery.
When the passengers were pushing the bus, they were hit by a speeding truck coming from behind, leaving six of them dead on the spot. The injured have been rushed to a hospital, where their condition was stated to be stable.
The driver of the truck fled from the spot after abandoning the vehicle at some distance. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed grief over the loss of lives.
He has directed officials to ensure that financial assistance is provided to the families of the deceased and injured persons as per rules, a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s office said.