Mathura/Noida | Five people were charred to death on Monday as their car caught fire after a collision with a bus on the Yamuna Expressway in Mathura, police said.
The incident took place near the 117th milestone on the Agra-Noida carriageway of the expressway under the Mahavan police station limits in the morning, a senior officer said, adding the car was going to Delhi.
None of the passengers of the bus received injuries and all of them have been sent to their destination by different vehicles, police said.
"There was a collision between the bus and the Swift car. So far it has come to light that a tyre of the bus burst, after which it went out of control and turned on the road. The Swift car coming from behind hit the bus and both vehicles caught fire," Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Shailesh Pandey said.
The occupants of the bus managed to evacuate, but those in the car could not and all five were charred to death, Pandey said.
"Prima facie all the deceased were male and were proceeding towards Delhi from Shikohabad," Pandey said.
He added that the accident occurred when the front tyre of the Delhi-bound bus coming from Bihar's Bodh Gaya suddenly punctured and the vehicle overturned, and it collided with the car coming from behind.
The bodies of those burnt alive have been sent for postmortem examination, the official said.
One of the deceased has been identified as Ayusman Yadav (28), a resident of Shikohabad (Firozabad district), police said, adding efforts to identify the other four deceased are on.
Fire brigade and ambulance were rushed to spot on getting information about the accident.
The fire has been doused and the road cleared, police said.