Yamuna Expressway, 2019.07.09 (VT): In another shocking incident on Monday, 29 people died and another 23 were injured after a bus driver fell asleep on the road while driving at 150km/h on the Yamuna expressway.
The incident occurred at Etmadpur, Agra at around 4.40am. The AC bus, operated by Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) bus, plunged 50 feet into a canal underneath the expressway. The bus was carrying 52 people, including children and was travelling from Lucknow to Delhi.
Overspeed has been found to be the cause of the majority of accidents on the Yamuna expressway, which has been called ‘India’s most deadly road’. Measures such as introducing fines for over-speeding have been introduced; however, this has been insufficient to curb the speed epidemic.
The long straight road, cost of toll and increased distance of the expressway compared to the NH2 all increase drivers’ temptation to speed. The lack of safety barriers also adds to the casualties as vehicles that go out of control exit the road and freefall for 10 or 20 meters.
The Department of Transport’s statistics show an alarmingly high level of incidents in the Mathura stretch of the highway, with 55 out of 95 incidents between January and June occurring in Mathura. This is compared with 9 incidents in Agra and 25 incidents in Gautham Buddha Nagar in Noida.