A bus has crashed killing at least 29 people that were travelling along an expressway in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.

The crash happened early on Monday near the city of Agra, 336km (208 miles) from the state capital, Lucknow. The bus was carrying around 50 people and travelling from New Dehli to Lucknow when it went off the six-lane, 165-km (103-mile) -long highway.Agra district magistrate N.G. Ravi Kumar, at the scene of the accident, said: «Twenty nine persons have died and 18 others are injured.»

Reports said that the driver fell asleep and lost control of the double-decker bus before it went off a highway and plunged into a drain below.

Road accidents are frequent in India, with one taking place every four minutes.

The 165km (100-mile) Yamuna expressway from Delhi to Agra is India’s longest six-lane motorway.

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