Driver falls asleep, 29 killed on Yamuna Expressway
50 people traveling on a State Transport bus from Lucknow to Delhi were involved in an accident today morning at 5 am. 29 people were killed in the accident that occurred with the bus when it plunged into the gap between a bridge. The Senior Superintendent of Police (Agra) Babloo Kumar confirmed that the Janpath bus coming to Delhi from Lucknow hit the railing near milestone 161 under the Etmadpur police station during the early hours of the morning.
Response By Government
The preliminary examination has revealed that the driver fell asleep and lost control of the vehicle. It hit the 161 markers and then plunged into the river. The U.P. Roadways has announced an ex gratia of ₹5 lakh each to the kin of the deceased. We at MotorOctane also offer our condolences to the victims of this accident. Below is PM Modi’s tweet regarding the accident
About The Yamuna Expressway
Yamuna Expressway or Taj Expressway is a 6-lane (extendable to 8 lanes), 165 km long, access controlled expressway, connecting Greater Noida with Agra in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is one of India’s longest six-lane controlled-access expressway stretches. In spite of all these safety measures human errors still cause accidents. These safety measures just reduce the time taken for the response. This expressway has seen its share of accidents due to various reasons since the time it was open for the public. Fog, overspeeding, tyre burst, asleep on the wheel are some of the few reasons for these accidents.
The total project cost was ₹128.39 billion The Yamuna Expressway has SOS booths along the route besides a toll-free helpline. CCTV cameras are installed every 5 km (3.1 mi) along the expressway for safety and accident assistance; mobile radars to monitor compliance with minimum and maximum speed limits; and one highway patrol every 25 km (16 mi). The Expressway is expected to be used by over 100,000 vehicles every day, and reduce travel times between Greater Noida and Agra from 4 hours to 1 hour 40 minutes. Petrol pump at the halfway point at Tappal is open. Tappal 60 km (37 mi) from Noida Sec. 37 i.e. botanical garden or Noida city center.