At least 22 passengers were charred to death and 20 others injured when a Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus collided with a truck, resulting in a massive fire at National Highway 24 in Bareilly on Monday .

The  UPSRTC bus hound for Gonda was coming from Delhi when it hit a truck on NH-24 between Bareilly and Shahjahanpur at 1 am. The high speeding vehicles collided with each other and the truck rammed into the fuel tank of the bus after which the diesel spilled out putting the bus on fire.

Since most of the passengers were sleeping they could hardly get a chance to recover. Some, however, managed to jump out of the  bus . Dial 100 was the first to arrive at the spot of the accident after which senior officials reached there and started the rescue operation.

Confirming 22 deaths, SSP Bareilly Joginder Singh informed that about 20 injured were rushed to the hospital for treatment. It is believed that high speed could be the reason behind this accident.

Meanwhile Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has declared a relief of Rs.50,000 to the next of the kin of all the deceased of the accident and also Rs.25,000 to the injured.

The chief minister has also sent Minister Rajendra Aggarwal, who hails from Bareilly, to take stock of the relief and rescue work there.