Six died and seven were critically injured after a truck rammed into two autorickshaws in Krishna district, Andhra Pradesh on Thursday, police said.
A group was returning home from Goggula Mangamma temple in West Godavari district in two autorickshaws.
One of the autos developed snag when crossing Tukkuluru village of Nuzvid mandal.
Out of nowhere, a truck loaded with concrete slabs rammed one of the autorickshaws and crashed into another causing the deaths.
The deceased were identified as K Ch Venkateswara Rao (70), G Srinu (35), G Krishna Kishore (30), P Veeraiah (45), K Srinu (40) and P Rani (22), all daily wage labourers from Thota village.
Police have registered a case and the injured were admitted to Nuzvid Government Hospital.
Andhra Pradesh home minister N Chinna Rajappa asked the district police for a detailed report.
Krishna district collector A Babu told to PTI that the state government has announced Rs five lakh ex-gratia to each of their families.