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14 dead, 28 injured after truck runs off road and falls into canal in UP’s Etah

The accident occurred around 4am on Friday, and preliminary investigation indicate that the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel, leading to the mishap.

lucknow Updated: May 05, 2017 08:26 IST
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hemendra Chaturvedi
Hindustan Times, Etah
Etah,Road accident,Truck mishap
The truck was carrying a wedding party that was returning from Agra after a pre-wedding ritual. Twenty eight people were injured in the accident.(HT Photo)

Fourteen people were killed and at least 28 injured after a truck drove into a roadside canal early on Friday morning in Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district.

The accident occurred between 3:30 and 4 am when the truck, carrying a wedding party, was returning from Nagla Lal Singh in Jalesar area of Etah district. All passengers were from Nagaria village, Shamshabad, in Agra district.

The mishap took place near Sarai Neem in Jalesar area of Etah district.

Senior superintendent of police Satyarth Anirudh Pankaj confirmed the death toll and said it was yet unknown what caused the accident. The truck had broken through the roadside railing and fallen into the shallow drain which had about 2 feet of water.

People crowd the accident site where a truck had gone off road. The vehicle was carrying a wedding party of about 50 people from Jalesar. (HT Photo)

The Etah district magistrate also arrived at the spot.

The injured have been taken to SN Hospital in Agra and the Etah district hospital.

Preliminary investigation indicate that the driver, who is among the deceased, might have fallen asleep while driving since there were no signs of a collision nor was any vehicle nearby.

First Published: May 05, 2017 08:03 IST