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PM condoles loss of lives in Andhra Pradesh mishap

21 April, 2017, 19:19 | Author: Nadine Todd
  • 20 dead as truck runs into farmers' protest in India

At least 20 persons died and 10 others seriously injured when a lorry ploughed through roadside commercial shops at Yerpedu in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday. The heavily-loaded truck moving with high speed, when it lost control and hit an electric pole before crushing several people under its wheels.

"Today a truck hit an electric pole snapping live wires and ran into a crowd killing 14 people and injuring 17 others", a police officer in Tirputi told Xinhua over telephone.

Hospital sources suggest that the toll is likely to go up since some of the injured are in critical condition. The truck was coming from Srikalahasti. All the injured have been taken to Tirupati Ruia Hospital. Following the accident, traffic movement on the Yerpedu, Srikalahasti, Renigunta and Tirupati routes was affected.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that some of the victims were also staging a protest before the police station, demanding action against illegal sand transportation from their native villages, when the accident occurred.

Jayalakshmi said a circle inspector, a sub-inspector of police and constable were among those injured. Truck driver and cleaner escaped from the spot. Government will announce exgratia to the family members of the diseased in one or two days. He directed the district Collector to personally supervise the relief operations.

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