Gujarat: 13 Labourers Killed, 5 Injured After Truck Runs Over Them Near Surat

"All the deceased are labourers and they hail from Rajasthan", a police official told news agency ANI. 

Updated: January 19, 2021 9:06 AM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Surabhi Shaurya

Road Accident

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.

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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.

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.”

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.

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Published Date: January 19, 2021 7:29 AM IST

Updated Date: January 19, 2021 9:06 AM IST