SUV with four passengers escape unhurt after SUV plunges 15 feet along Agra Lucknow expressway

An SUV carrying four passengers escaped unhurt after the vehicle in which they were traveling plunged into 15-20 feet along Agra-Lucknow expressway after a service road caved in on Wednesday due to heavy rains.

The four passengers were on their way to Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh from Mumbai when the road caved in. They were using Google maps as they were not aware of the route in Expressway and ended up on the service road which was already caved in.

Uttar Pradesh Expressway Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) Chairman Avanish Awasthi said: “A third-party probe has been ordered into the caving-in of the side road of the expressway (16 km from Agra towards Lucknow) by RITES Limited. The construction of the damaged road will be done by the construction agency at its cost”.

The UP government asked the railways consultancy firm RITES Limited to finish the investigation within 15 days.

Agra-Lucknow Expressway is a 302 kilometers long expressway developed with a budget of Rs 15,000 crores and was completed in a record time of 23 months. The long expressway was inaugurated by Samajwadi Party government months ahead of 2017 UP Assembly election in November 2016.

This is the India’s longest access-controlled Greenfield expressway on which IAF fighter jets can land and take off in case of any emergency.

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