Lucknow: Over two dozen people are believed to have lost their lives as the bus in which they were travelling from Farukkhabad to New Delhi fell into a canal in Etah late on Sunday, the police said on Monday.

The incident took place 265 km away from Lucknow. While eight bodies have been fished out of Hazara canal and 22 passengers have been saved from the canal waters, the police said they fear more than two dozen people have been washed away.

"The bus was jam-packed and we are told that more than 58 passengers were travelling in it," a senior official overseeing the rescue operations said. District Magistrate Lokesh M said that the condition of some of the passengers rescued from Hazara canal continues to be critical.

"Rescue operations are on as we have not been able to locate the missing passengers," he said. The injured passengers told police that the bus driver was trying to overtake a truck near Pilua police station when he lost control of the vehicle and it fell into the canal.

Home department officials said divers have been put into service to trace out more passengers who might be trapped in the canal. An official said it would only be later in the day that identification of those dead would be possible.


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