An eight-year-old girl died and 13 people were injured when a bus carrying tourists overturned Monday night. The bus was carrying about 45 passengers from Agra to Delhi when the incident took place, near Mahamaya flyover in Noida, around 1 am. According to police, the bus driver appeared to have fallen asleep while driving.
The victim, Arsha, hailed form Jalgaon in Maharashtra, and was travelling with her family. The injured were sent to the District Hospital in Noida, and five were referred to a government hospital in south Delhi.
“We were told by passengers that the driver was sleepy before he started the journey. At some point, they stopped the bus and made him wash his face. But he said he will be able to drive. However, hours before the bus was supposed to reach Delhi, it hit the divider near the flyover and toppled. The driver fled the scene,” said Amit Kumar Singh, SHO (Sector 39 police station), adding that they have received a memo from the hospital, and will register a case after due investigation.
According to Arsha’s uncle Salim, it was her first trip to the Taj Mahal. “She was excited about the vacation… the bus had left Agra around 7 pm. But everyone mutually agreed to make a stopover at Mathura to visit temples… Around 11.40 pm, I spoke to the driver and told him if he is sleepy, he can stop the bus. But he insisted he was fine,” said Salim.
Police said they have details of the company that facilitated the tour and are questioning officials to trace the driver.
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