Thirteen people were killed and 15 others injured in two separate road accidents in Ujjain and Neemuch districts on Saturday.
All the victims hailed from neighbouring Rajasthan.
In the wee hours, a sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided with a truck near Chandesari village, 8 kms from Ujjain, on the two-lane Ujjain-Dewas state highway, killing 10 people.
The dead included four children and two women. Two critically injured women were referred to the Indore hospital.
The passengers, mostly labourers hailing from Patan police than area in Rajasthan, were going to Dewas to harvest kharif crops.
Ujjain collector Sanket Bhondve said the injured were admitted to the district hospital and condition of four of them was stated critical. He said financial assistance would be given as per norms.
The collector said administration would look into the causes of rising accidents and take concrete preventive steps.
In Neemuch district, three people, including a one-year-old child, of a family were killed after their motorcycle hit a dumper from opposite side.
The incident occurred on the Gandhi Sagar road near Rawlikundi village, about 60 kms from Neemuch district headquarters under Rampura police limit.
The dead were identified as Indira Bai, 28, Rekha Bia, 21, and Monu.
The severely injured Mukesh, who was driving the bike, was admitted to the Rampura government hospital.
The family members from Rawat Bhata village in Rajasthan were going to Rawalikundi village when the accident occurred. The dumper driver fled from the spot.
They had come to earn a few hundred rupees
The labourers from Rajasthan who died in a road accident near Ujjain were coming to Madhya Pradesh to earn a few hundred rupees.
“We come to Ujjain every year for soybean harvest which gives us 10 days of daily earnings,” said 30-year-old Gattu, who received severe injuries in his hand.
He told HT they had no work in the area for the next 15 days as there kharif crops were yet to be harvested.
Gattu said the driver was drunk and was rashly driving the truck.
“He halted the vehicle after an hour when everyone requested him to have water.”
Another injured, Kuwal, said a farmer of Nogaon (Dewas district) had hired 35-40 labourers and had brought a pick-up vehicle to transport them.
“We were promised `310 per person per day,” he said.
Women with children two to three years of old were part of the team.
The vehicle, which the Nagaon farmer hired to bring workers, was a loading van and didn’t have sufficient space to accommodate all.
Here are some deadly roads in Indore and Ujjain divisions
Indore-Icchapur state highway
Indore-Betul state highway
Indore-Ujjain state highway
Ujjain-Nagda-Jaora state highway
Ujjain-Agar state highway
Ujajin-Banagar state highway
Ujajin-Dewas state highway