A bus accident in India has claimed the lives of 28 people on Monday after it skidded off an expressway and fell into a drain.
According to police, the driver of the bus apparently dozed off at the wheel.
Indian roads are among the world’s deadliest, with 464,910 accidents in 2017 that killed nearly 148,000 people, the latest government data shows.
More than 40 people were on board the bus travelling from New Delhi, the capital, when it went off the six-lane, 165-km long highway, the site of several accidents, and a police official said 18 passengers were injured.
“The cause of the accident is a matter of investigation, but initially it seems that the driver of the bus fell asleep,” said Agra police superintendent Bablu Kumar.
Video images showed the mangled remains of the bus half-submerged in the drain as rescuers struggled to extricate bodies.
Last week, authorities in Uttar Pradesh state, where Agra is located, warned speeding drivers they would face stiff fines, but enforcement of traffic laws has been lax.