24 migrants killed, over 13 injured after trucks collide in UP's Auraiya
At least 24 migrant workers were killed and over 13 were injured after a truck rammed into a DCM lorry they were travelling in, on Saturday morning. The incident happened in Auraiya, Uttar Pradesh at around 3:30 am when the migrant workers were on their way to their native places in different states amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
The road accident in Auraiya has left over 13 people injured. All the migrants -- natives of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal -- were coming from Rajasthan.
All the injured have been taken to a district hospital and Saifai PGI for treatment. The district authorities have reached the accident site. Rescue operations are underway.
The migrant workers are among the thousands who have been left stranded in various parts of the country following the Centre's announcement of nationwide lockdown in March to stop the spread of coronavirus.
"The accident took place in Mihauli in which 24 people died, and around 15 were injured. A trailer truck carrying around 50 migrant labourers was coming from Rajasthan and it collided with a DCM truck. The accident took place on Saturday between 3.00 am and 3.30 am," Circle Officer, Auraiya, Surendranath Yadav said.
"The DCM truck was coming from Delhi and heading towards Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. The trailer truck hit the DCM vehicle. Both the vehicles turned upside down after losing control," he added.
When asked to elaborate further on the reasons which led to the incident, Yadav said, "We spoke to some of the survivors of the accident. Even they could not recall how the accident took place