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The accident took place on the Aurangabad Road near Nashik, Maharashtra, India, at around 5am, said the Nashik Police.
The impact of the crash was so huge that the bus burst into flames, trapping many of the passengers, sleeping at the early hour.
Expressing anguish over the tragedy, Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakhs for the families of the victims and ordered prompt free treatment for all the injured.
He also said that the accident will be probed to ascertain the exact causes leading to the tragedy hitting the bus coming from Yavatmal to Mumbai.
Indo-Asian News Service
The accident occurred overnight in Barabanki, 30 kilometres (18.6 miles) northeast of Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh state. According to the Ram Sanehighat police circle reports, the mishap took place in the early hours of Wednesday.
There are fears the number of dead could increase as several passengers received critical injuries, Senior Police Officer Yamuna Prasad said. They were being treated in a hospital.
At least 37 passengers were killed when a bus plunged into a canal in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, police told AFP.
During the meeting, they reviewed the ties between the two friendly countries across various domains and ways of enhancing them to achieve their common interests.
The impoverished Central Asian country with ties to Russia and China has seen three presidents resign over political crises fuelled by corruption, nepotism and disputed votes since gaining independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also sent congratulatory messages to the King of Sweden and to the Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson.