The bus carrying the pilgrims from Ambedkar Nagar to Ajmer Sharif met with the head-on collision with the truck on Gonda-Bahraich road near Chilwaria village and caught fire at around 2230 hours.
Chief Development Officer of the district Sukhlal Bharti said 44 passengers of the 54-seater bus, that was carrying 60-70 people, were rescued.
Some pilgrims managed to get out of the bus, said the sources.
Over a dozen pilgrims were taken to hospital.
Rescuers, using gas-cutters, were trying to cut open the twisted metal of the bus to pull out bodies or possible survivors from inside the vehicle.
Bahraich: At least 20 pilgrims heading towards Ajmer were Friday night feared to have charred to death as a bus carrying them collided with a truck and burst into flames at Kotwali Dehat police station of the district, police sources here said.
First Published: Saturday, May 19, 2012, 09:06