14 dead, several injured in road accident in India

At least 14 people including children were killed, after a bus and auto collided in Ahiyapur area of Muzaffarpur district in Bihar.

Earlier reports had said that nine people were killed in the accident. The death toll is expected to go up as many injured people are critical.

According to International Business Times, the state government has announced ex-gratia compensation of Rs. 4 lakh to relatives of victims who died in the accident.

The injured people have been taken to the Sri Krishna Medical College and hospital.

The district magistrate arrived at the location after scores of people living nearby blocked the road in protest. The bus driver reportedly escaped with the vehicle after the incident.

Some reports said that among the dead are two women and four children. Four bodies have been identified as Umesh Ram, Vishal Kumar, Neetu Devi and Premshila Devi. The children have not been identified yet.

The dead and the injured were residents of Purnia. They were headed to their village from Muzaffarpur.