New Delhi: At least 13 people were killed in Kosamba city of Gujarat after a truck ran over 18 people sleeping on a footpath in the wee hours on Tuesday. While 13 people died on the spot, 5 critically injured were immediately taken to SMIMER hospital. Also Read - Lockdown News: These States Impose Lockdown-Like Restrictions in March, Only Essential Services Allowed | Full List
All the deceased were labourers hailing from Banswada district of Rajasthan. “A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck 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 said. Also Read - Gujarat Local Body Election Results Updates: BJP Wins All 31 Seats, PM Thanks Voters, State Cong Chief Amit Chavda Quits
Expressing grief over the incident, PM Narendra Modi said, “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.” Also Read - Gujarat Local Body Election 2021 Updates: Polling Underway, 7% Voter Turnout Till 9 AM in Taluka Panchayats
The Prime Minister also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh each from PMNRF (Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund). “The amount 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”, Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) tweeted.