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Bus accident en route to India's Taj Mahal in Agra claims 28 lives

One crane and two excavators were deployed to extract the bus that landed in a 6m drain, with 18 injured in the accident

Taj Mahal in Agra, India.
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Taj Mahal in Agra, India.

A Luknow-Delhi bound sleeper coach bus headed to the Taj Mahal fell off the 165km Yamuna Expressway near India's capital city of Delhi and landed in a 6m-deep drain, killing 28 and injuring 18. 

According to a report by Press Trust of India (PTI), the accident occurred in Uttar Pradesh’s Agra district, home of the the Taj Mahal and located 200km from capital Delhi. 

A crane and two excavators were deployed at the accident site to extract the bus from the drain, PTI reported.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about the incident: "Pained by the bus accident in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.

"Condolences to the families who have lost their loved ones. I pray that those injured recover fast. The State Government and local administration are providing all possible assistance to the affected."

A report by local daily Firstpost cited District Magistrate of Agra, NG Ravi Kumar, saying that "the driver probably dozed off" and the speeding bus broke the barrier and fell in the drain.

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