29 die in Indian bus accident

The Associated Press

A crane pulls a damaged bus after it broke through the boundary wall of an expressway bridge on the outskirts of Agra, India, on Monday.

AFP-JijiAGRA, India (AFP-Jiji) — At least 29 people were killed Monday after a bus careered off one of India’s busiest roads, which has become known as the “highway to hell” because of its poor safety record.

The driver was suspected to have fallen asleep before the bus crashed into a railing and fell into a drain between two flyovers on the Yamuna expressway, which connects New Delhi with Agra, the city famed for the Taj Mahal.

Eighteen people were injured, some critically, police said.

More than 150,000 people a year are killed on India’s roads, which are notorious for poor design and speeding drivers.

The 165-kilometer Yamuna expressway was India’s longest six-lane highway when it opened in 2012 but about 900 people been killed on the road since, according to authorities, and Indian media have dubbed it the “highway to hell.”Speech

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