Truck ploughs into Bihar-bound bus on EPE; boy killed, 27 injured | Noida News – Times of India

NOIDA: A private bus headed to Bihar from Punjab was hit by a truck on the Eastern Peripheral Expressway in the early hours of Friday, leaving an 11-year-old boy dead and 27 other passengers of the bus injured.
The accident happened at Ladpura village in the Kasna area of Greater Noida and added to the toll in the 363 accidents reported in the district in the first four months of the year. At least 128 people died and 289 suffered injuries in these road accidents, the traffic department data states.
Santosh Shukla, the in-charge of Kasna police station said the accident took place around 2.30am. The bus driver allegedly dozed off while at the wheels and the bus came in the truck’s way suddenly. The truck driver, police said, could not swerve the vehicle in time and ploughed into the middle of the bus.
“At least 28 people, including the bus driver, suffered injuries and were taken to GIMS in Greater Noida by cops. Ashish (11), a resident of Bhojpur in Bihar, was grievously injured and died during treatment,” Shukla said.
All 65 passengers had boarded the bus from Khanna in Punjab. “They were mostly daily wages workers from Bihar, Nepal and West Bengal who worked in the fields in Punjab. The bus had left for Bihar on Thursday evening,” Shukla said.
Dr (Brig) RK Gupta, the director of GIMS in Greater Noida, where the accident victims were taken to, said at least 10 were severely injured with fractures, blunt trauma and degloving injuries. “One minor died during treatment, but all other patients are stable,” Gupta said.
No case has been registered in the matter as yet, police said. The families of the injured have been informed.
According to DCP (traffic) Anil Kumar Yadav a bulk of the accidents reported on the expressway occur between 2am and 5am. In a number of cases, the crashes as drivers of these long-distance vehicles doze off at the wheels due to fatigue.
“To bring down the number of accidents and to analyse their causes, an Integrated Road Accident Database (iRAD) was launched recently. We have identified 11 accident black spots in the district so far and are planning to station police response vehicles and ambulances within a 100 metres radius of these black spots,” the DCP said.

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