At least 24 migrant laborers lost their lives and 36 people sustained injuries when a trailer truck carrying them collided with another truck in the early hours of Saturday in Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.
Both the trucks were carrying the laborers. The incident took place between 3 am and 3.30 am, they said.
“The accident took place in Mihauli in which 24 people died, and around 36 were injured. A trailer truck carrying around 50 migrant labourers was coming from Rajasthan and it collided with another truck.
The accident took place on Saturday between 3.00 am and 3.30 am,” Circle Officer, Auraiya, Surendranath Yadav told PTI.
Auraiya, which falls under the Kanpur division, is in south-west Uttar Pradesh. It is on the National Highway-19 and is 400 km away from Delhi and 200 km from Lucknow.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the deceased.
Elaborating on the incident, Yadav said, “The trailer truck hit the other vehicle, which was coming from Delhi and heading towards Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. Both the vehicles turned upside down after losing control.“
The chief minister, in a statement released by the state government, directed the divisional commissioner and IG Kanpur to visit the site and give a report on the cause of the accident immediately.
“UP chief minister has taken note of the unfortunate incident in Auraiya. He has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the laborers who lost their lives. He has also directed that all the injured be provided medical care and the Divisional Commissioner and IG Kanpur to visit the site and give the report on the cause of the accident immediately,” the statement said.
Talking to PTI over the phone, Inspector General, Kanpur, Mohit Agarwal said most of the migrant laborers in both the vehicles were from Jharkhand and West Bengal.
“The accident took place when some of the laborers traveling on the truck (coming from Delhi) halted on the Auraiya-Kanpur Dehat Road to have tea at a local shop. At this point in time, a truck coming from Rajasthan hit the stationary vehicle. The intensity of the hit was so huge that both the vehicles turned upside down and fell into a ditch on the roadside,” he told PTI.
“Of the 36 injured, as many as 14 laborers with serious injuries have been admitted to PGI in Saifai (in Etawah district), while 22 have been hospitalized in Auraiya,” he added.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said, “Going by the information received till now, there were a couple of migrant laborers from Uttar Pradesh’s Kushinagar district. Most of the deceased laborers were from West Bengal and Jharkhand.“
When asked whether any financial assistance will be provided to the families of the deceased, he said information in this regard will be given soon.