Update at 11:03 am: PM Modi issues his condolences on the tragedy:
Update at 10:52 am: Home Minister Amit Shah has issued a statement on the tragedy:
"The road accident on the Yamuna Expressway at Agra is extremely tragic. I express my deepest condolences to the families of those who died in the accident and pray for the speedy recovery of the injured."
Update at 10:24 am: Uttar Pradesh CM orders probe:
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered a probe into the bus accident on the Yamuna Expressway.
Twenty-nine people were killed and 18 injured after a state-run bus skidded off the Yamuna Expressway and fell into a large drain in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, officials said.
"An inquiry by a committee comprising Transport Commissioner, Divisional Commissioner and IG, Agra, has been ordered by CM Adityanath to investigate the incident in 24 hours," Additional Chief Secretary, Information, Awanish Awasthi said.
The committee will report on the cause of the accident and also recommend measures to avoid such incidents in the future, he said.
29 people were killed and several others injured after a bus en route to Delhi fell in a drain on the Yamuna Expressway on Monday morning.
The incident occurred near Agra after the Janrath Express Roadways bus of Awadh Depot carrying 44 people was traveling from Etawah to Delhi. The UP Police said that the bus was uncontrolled and submerged half in water after it fell into a waterfall drain near the village Kuberpur.
The police are at the spot and rescue operation is underway after the bus fell 15 feet deep.
According to ANI, the Uttar Pradesh Roadways has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh to the family of the deceased.
(More details awaited)