In the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, at least 18 migrant laborers were killed when a vehicle collided with their bus.
When their bus broke down in Barabanki district, their 1,300-kilometer (800-mile) journey from Haryana to Bihar was cut short.
When the tragedy occurred in the early hours of Wednesday, some of the workers were still on the bus, while others were sleeping next to it.
The bus was “overloaded beyond its limit,” according to police.
Some passengers chose to sleep next to the bus as the driver sought a mechanic to fix the vehicle, according to Yamuna Prasad, superintendent of police in Barabanki.
The vehicle, according to Mr. Prasad, had no windows since it was air-conditioned. As a result, several passengers were compelled to exit the vehicle and sleep on the road.
At least 30 individuals have been taken to hospitals in Barabanki, some of them are badly injured.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his sympathies on Twitter and provided a compensation package of 200,000 rupees (£1,936; $2,686) for the dead’ families and 50,000 rupees for those who were injured.