Five people died after their car collided with a private bus on the Yamuna Expressway in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh early on Monday. ‘The accident took place around 8 am in the Mahavan police station area and the car and the sleeper coach were completely burnt after they collided’, according to the police.
The bus (BR02 AA 6496) was heading to Delhi from Gaya, Bihar and the Swift car (DL 9C 9726) was going towards Shikohabad town in Firozabad district.
‘So far only the driver of the car, Anshul Yadav, a resident of Shikohabad, has been identified as the charred bodies were pulled out from the vehicle by fire brigade personnel who doused the fire after nearly 30 minutes’, said the Police.
“Passengers of the bus are safe but all five occupants of the car have died. All of them belonged to Shikohabad town in Firozabad district. Their bodies have been sent to the post-mortem examination and we could identify only the driver from his Aadhaar Card,” said Bhushan Verma, Deputy SP, Mahavan in Mathura.
‘There were around 55 passengers on the bus’, according to a Mathura police spokesperson. The police spokesperson added, “They jumped out safely. However, those sitting in the car could not come out as their doors got locked”.
Satya Prakash from Gaya, a passenger on the bus, told the police he was going to Delhi for an exam. “My admit card and other important documents were reduced to ashes after the fire. The same happened with several other passengers who had scampered out for safety leaving their bags on the bus,” said Prakash.