At least 14 people were killed and several others injured when a private bus in which they were travelling rammed a stationary truck on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway late on Wednesday night, the police said.
The injured have been moved to the PGI at Safai in Etawah for treatment. Of those injured, 35 are said to be in serious condition. Sources said that there were around 50 passengers in the sleeper bus.
The front portion of the bus was totally damaged in the accident. Reports say the driver had dozed off and subsequently lost control of the steering wheel resulting in the accident.
Additional Director General of Police for Agra zone Ajay Anand and IG Agra Range A Satish Ganesh reached the spot for rescue operation that continued the whole night.
Superintendent of Police (rural) Rajesh Kumar told sources that the accident took place at around 10:00 pm on Wednesday in Nagla Khangar Police Station area of Firozabad.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the district magistrate and senior superintendent of police to reach the spot and oversee relief work.
He also issued directives for proper treatment of the injured, a statement issued by the state government in Lucknow said.