PV International Desk : At least 17 passengers were killed and 35 injured after a bus hit a divider and overturned near Mainpuri in India’s Uttar Pradesh.

The bus was over speeding before it hit the road divider, reports Indian media citing a government official.

The bus was carrying around 60-70 people and was on its way to Farrukhabad from Jaipur in Rajasthan, said Mainpuri Additional Superintendent of Police Om Prakash Singh.

“The bus overturned after hitting a divider in Tirathpur village located almost 25 km from the district headquarters on the Mainpuri-Etawah road, at around 5:30 am,” he said.

“As of now, 17 people have been killed, while 20 other sustained injuries. The bus driver has lost his left leg and is currently admitted to a hospital in Saifai,” the ASP said.

The identity of the 17 victims is yet to be ascertained. The injured were rushed to hospitals in Saifai and Mainpuri.

The bus was carrying mostly labourers, who work in brick kilns and were returning to their native villages, police said.

“The number plate of the bus revealed that it was registered in Farrukhabad (UP-76). It was going from Jaipur to Farrukhabad,” Singh said and added that further details are awaited.

The ASP also said, “A number of casualties include those persons who were sleeping on the roof of the bus to escape from the prevailing heat.”