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16 killed, six hurt in road accident in UP's Kanpur; PM Modi offers condolences

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Kanpur, June 08: At least 16 people were killed and six injured in a road accident in the Sachendi area of this Uttar Pradesh district late on Tuesday evening, police said. Two among the injured are said to be critical, they added.

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Kanpur Outer''s Superintendent of Police (SP) Ashtbhuja Prasad Singh said a speeding bus hit a loader, which fell on the other side of the highway, while the bus also overturned and fell into a ditch.

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has announced an ex-gratia amount of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of the deceased and ordered an inquiry into the accident.

The collision was so strong that almost all passengers of the bus got trapped and sustained serious injuries, the SP said.

GSVM college principal RB Kamal told PTI over the phone that at least 16 people were killed, while five were admitted at the Lala Lajpat Rai (LLR) hospital with serious injuries.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from the PMNRF (Prime Minister's National Relief Fund) for the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to a tragic accident in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. Rs 50,000 would be provided to those injured.

"I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in the painful road accident in Kanpur. May God give them the strength to bear this grief! I wish the injured a speedy recovery," tweeted Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

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