Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday condoled the death of 17 people in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Mainpuri district and hoped for the early

“My condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in a tragic accident in Mainpuri, Uttar Pradesh. I hope those who are injured recover at the earliest’’, Prime Minister Office (PMO) India tweeted quoting Modi.

Earlier on Wednesday morning, seventeen people lost their lives and twenty others were injured when a bus overturned after hitting a divider in Mainpuri district of Uttar Pradesh.

According to reports, the bus was speeding.

The ill-fated bus carrying 60-70 people was on its way to Farrukhabad from Jaipur in Rajasthan, Mainpuri Additional Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Singh told PTI.

“The bus overturned after hitting a divider in Tirathpur village located almost 25 km from the district headquarters on the Mainpuri-Etawah road, at around 5.30 am, he said.

The injured were rushed to the hospital. Three out of the 20 injured persons are believed to be in a critical condition.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath offered condolences to the bereaved families. He has instructed officials to take all measures possible for appropriate treatment of the injured.

The bus driver has lost his left leg and is currently admitted to a hospital in Saifai, the ASP said. The police are waiting to record his statement.

Police said efforts were underway to ascertain the identity of the victims, which include one woman and 16 men.

The police officer said the private bus was carrying mostly brick kiln labourers and were returning to their native villages.

The number plate of the bus revealed that it was registered in Farrukhabad (UP-76). It was going from Jaipur to Farrukhabad, Singh said and added that further details were awaited.

The ASP also said the number of casualties included those persons who were sleeping on the roof of the bus to escape the heat.

(With agency inputs)