Gujarat: Truck crushes 15 workers from Rajasthan to death
Fifteen migrant laborers from Rajasthan sleeping by the roadside in Gujarat's Surat district died on Tuesday after a truck ran over them. "The tragedy took place near Kosamba village, around 60 km from Surat," police said. The truck driver, who apparently lost control over the vehicle after hitting a sugarcane-laden tractor, has been detained. All the deceased hailed from Rajasthan.
Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani condoled the loss of lives
PM Modi also expressed grief at the tragic incident
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the loss of lives on Twitter while announcing compensation for the family of the dead and those injured. "Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident in Surat. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured," PMO's tweet said.
Here is what PMO tweeted
Accident happened on Kim-Mandvi road shortly after midnight
"The truck ran over the migrant construction workers on the Kim-Mandvi road shortly after midnight," Surat SP Usha Rada said. The driver lost control of the vehicle after it hit sugarcane hanging out of the tractor-trolley coming from the opposite direction. "The truck dashed against the tractor and veered off the road onto the pavement where the workers were sleeping," she said.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also announced compensation for the affected
According to the police, several more have been injured and are being treated at the hospital. The driver and cleaner of the truck also sustained injuries and were shifted to the hospital for treatment. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also expressed grief at the loss of lives and announced compensation from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund.