At least ten people were killed and 41 were injured in a truck-bus collision in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on Wednesday.
Out of the injured, 12 were shifted to a trauma centre in Lucknow while the others are undergoing treatment at the district hospital.
In a video that has gone viral on social media, Lucknow Divisional Commissioner Roshan Jacob can be seen breaking down while interacting with the families of the injured. In the video, a teary-eyed Ms Jacob enquires about the health of a child injured in the accident while directing officials to ensure his treatment.
#WATCH |Lakhimpur Kheri bus-truck collision: Lucknow Divisional Commissioner Dr Roshan Jacob breaks down as she interacts with a mother at a hospital&sees condition of her injured child— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) September 28, 2022
At least 7 people died&25 hospitalised in the accident; 14 of the injured referred to Lucknow pic.twitter.com/EGBDXrZy2C
Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Ms Jacob is a 2004-batch IAS officer. She was under the spotlight two weeks ago when a video of her inspecting waterlogged streets of Lucknow went viral on social media.
#WATCH | Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow Commissioner Roshan Jacob inspects waterlogging issues after heavy rain lashes city— ANI UP/Uttarakhand (@ANINewsUP) September 16, 2022
Visuals from the area surrounding Engineering College, Jankipuram & riverfront colony pic.twitter.com/1JHMMJ7xUj
According to UP Police, the accident took place on the Aira bridge on National Highway 730. A bus was on its way to Lucknow from Dhaurhara when it collided with a truck coming from the opposite direction.
President Droupadi Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi both expressed their grief and offered their condolences to the families of the victims.
"Deeply saddened by the news of the death of many people in a road accident in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their loved ones in the accident and the injured a speedy recovery," a message on the official Twitter handle of the President said.
लखीमपुर खीरी, उत्तर प्रदेश में हुए सड़क हादसे में कई लोगों की मृत्यु के समाचार से अत्यंत दुःख हुआ है। इस दुर्घटना में अपने प्रियजनों को खोने वाले परिवारों के प्रति मैं गहन शोक-संवेदनाएं व्यक्त करती हूँ तथा घायल हुए लोगों के शीघ्र स्वस्थ होने की कामना करती हूँ।— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 28, 2022
"Distressed by the accident in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Rs 2 Lakh from the PMNRF will be given to the next of kin of each dead. The injured will be given Rs 50,000," said PM Modi.
Distressed by the accident in Lakhimpur Kheri, UP. Condolences to the bereaved families. May the injured recover quickly. Rs. 2 lakh from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of each deceased. The injured would be given Rs. 50,000: PM @narendramodi— PMO India (@PMOIndia) September 28, 2022