In Barabanki Road accident at least 18 migrant workers have been killed after a truck crashed into their bus in Barabanki ,northern India’s Uttar Pradesh state.
Their 1,300-mile (800-mile) journey from Haryana to their home district of Bihar stopped when a bus broke down in the Barabanki region.
Some of the crew was on the bus and others were asleep next to it when the accident happened early Wednesday morning.
Police told the BBC the bus was “overloaded”.
Yamuna Prasad, Barabanki’s chief of police, said some of the passengers decided to sleep next to the bus while the driver sought out a mechanic to fix the car.
“It was a tragic incident. The bus may have broken down because it had about 140 passengers on its way when it was carrying people who were only 65 years old. We are helping families,” he said.
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Mr Prasad said the bus had no windows because it had fresh air. This forced some passengers to go out and sleep on the road.
At least 30 people, some of them critically injured, have been hospitalized in Barabanki.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on Twitter words of condolence and announced 200,000 rupees (£ 1,936; $ 2,686) as compensation to the families of the victims, as well as 50,000 rupees for the injured.
People from Bihar often travel to more prosperous regions such as Haryana and Delhi in search of work.
Foreign workers often use trains and buses, the cheapest way to travel to India, and home to get a break from work.