5 killed, 7 injured in Ghazipur bus fire during wedding party

Tragic Fire Engulfs Wedding Party Bus in Ghazipur: Five Dead, Seven Injured

Tragic Fire Engulfs Wedding Party Bus in Ghazipur: 5 Dead, 7 Injured

Tragedy struck a wedding party in Ghazipur district on Monday afternoon as a bus carrying members of the marriage celebration caught fire after making contact with an overhead high-tension wire. The incident resulted in the deaths of at least five individuals, including three women and a child, while seven others sustained burn injuries.

The ill-fated bus was transporting 43 members of a marriage party heading towards Mahahar Dham under the jurisdiction of the Mardah police station area. The group was en route to partake in festivities when the bus met with a devastating accident.

Expressing deep concern over the incident, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promptly directed senior officials to rush to the site and oversee rescue operations. He also instructed officials to ensure that necessary arrangements were made for the treatment of the injured. Additionally, the Chief Minister announced compensation for the families of the deceased and the injured victims.

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After inspecting the scene, Divisional Commissioner Kaushal Raj Sharma confirmed the accident’s tragic toll. He stated that five members of the marriage party, including three women and a child, lost their lives, while seven others suffered injuries. Of the injured, five were admitted to Ghazipur Medical College Hospital, while two were referred to Mau for further treatment. Notably, one critically injured child was transferred to Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi due to the severity of their condition. Thankfully, the remaining 31 members of the marriage party escaped unharmed.

According to officials and eyewitnesses, the bus was chartered by a family from Khiriya Kajha village in Mau district for the wedding of their daughter, Khusbhu. As the bus approached Mahahar Dham, where the Mahashivratri fair was underway, traffic diversion forced most of the passengers to continue their journey on foot. However, approximately 15 individuals, predominantly women and children, opted to remain aboard the bus.

Tragically, while navigating a makeshift road adjacent to a canal, the bus made contact with a low-hanging high-tension wire, sparking the fire. Some passengers managed to escape the inferno, but four individuals succumbed to their injuries on the spot.

The incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers posed by inadequate infrastructure and highlights the need for stringent safety measures to prevent similar tragedies in the future.


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