Bus driver was speeding throughout the journey, says teen who lost 6 family members in UP Highway accident

KANPUR A passenger, Dilshad, 17, who was travelling in the ill-fated double-decker bus, lost six members of his family in the accident that occurred on the Lucknow-Agra highway on Wednesday. He was admitted to Unnao district hospital with head and leg injuries after the accident.

Dilshad, who was a co-passenger in the bus, cries while talking on his mobile phone as he reaches the district hospital to identify the bodies of six of his family members after a tanker-bus collision in Unnao district on Wednesday. (PTI Photo)

“We were sleeping when the accident happened and woke up trapped in the bus. Those who arrived at the scene were busy filming instead of helping,” he lamented. He added that the bus driver was speeding all night.

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His father Ashfaq, mother Ruby, sister Gulnaz, uncle Sonu, aunt Soni and three-year-old brother Suhail lost their lives in the accident. They were sitting on the left side of the bus which was grazed in the collision.

However, his other brother, Sahil, 14, survived.

Dilshad was in excruciating pain when he arrived at the hospital, but he was more inclined to know about the well-being of his loved ones.

Crying and inconsolable, he sought help to trace his family. Later, District Officer (Bangarmau) Arvind Chaurasia mobilised doctors from the district hospital and the SDM through a video call. But in just 30 minutes, Dilshad's world came crashing down when he heard about the demise of his family members.

Later, Dilshad identified six members of his family – Ashfaq, 45, Ruby, 40, Gulnaz, 13, Suhail, 3, Mohd Ilyas (Sonu), 35, and Shamsun Nisa (Soni), 28 in the post-mortem house.

Dilshad and his family hail from Motihari (Bihar) and reside in Dondli, Modi Nagar, Meerut, where his father and other family members worked. Like others, they had paid 3,400 per person to the travel agency for the trip.

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