Surat, Jan 19, 2021: Fifteen labourers, sleeping near the road, were crushed to death this morning by a truck in a tragic incident near Gujarat’s Surat.
The incident took place early this morning near Kosamba village, around 60 km from Surat, police said. A dumper truck ran over the sleeping labourers on the Kim-Mandvi road killing 12 on the spot.
Some injured labourers have been taken to a nearby hospital. Three of the eight injured died during treatment taking the total fatalities to 15, police said.
"A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the truck driver lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement where the labourers were sleeping," CM Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kamrej Division, Surat told news agency ANI.
All the victims were from Banswada in Rajasthan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief at the incident and his office tweeted: "The loss of lives due to a truck accident in Surat is tragic. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Praying that the injured recover at the earliest."