Four women and three children of a family on pilgrimage were mowed down by a speeding bus in Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh early on Friday.

The victims were sleeping on the roadside when the bus crushed them.

According to initial reports, the victims belonged to Hathras and were returning from Naraura Ghat after taking a dip in the Ganga river.

The private bus was returning with pilgrims from Vaishno Devi.

The driver is absconding after the accident, police said.

All bodies have been sent for post mortem.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, the pilgrims were from a group of 56 that had started from their village Mohanpura on October 3. Early on Friday morning, the deceased had got down to take rest. As they were sleeping on the pavement, a speeding bus ran over killing all the seven.