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12 killed as van slams stationary truck in UP

Twelve persons were killed when a vehicle travelling rammed into a truck parked on the roadside in Lakhimpur Kheri.

india Updated: Apr 28, 2018 15:52 IST
Deo Kant Pandey
Deo Kant Pandey
Hindustan Times, Lakhimpur Kheri (Uttar Pradesh)
Car accident,Uttar Pradesh,Highway accident
The accident on national highway-24 apparently took place as the driver had dozed off at the wheel, said Police.(ANI Photo)

Twelve people including two women were killed and four others were critically injured when an overloaded van crashed into a stationary truck on national highway 24 in Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh early Saturday morning.

The truck was parked at a roadside dhaba in Uchaulia. The van owned by a Shahjahanpur resident, was on its way to Sitapur carrying 18 people including driver Anoop Awasthi, his helper Kishan both of Shahjahanpur district and 16 passengers including the two infants.

Kheri district magistrate Shailendra Kumar Singh, superintendent of police Dr. S Channappa, deputy SP Vijay Anand, Pasgawan and Uchaulia police staff rushed the spot for rescue operations.

“The cab driver might have dozed off and lost control over his speeding vehicle which led to tragic accident,” Anand told reporters.

Kheri SP Dr. Channappa said an inquiry into the causes of accident was on.

Police said the driver and the helper were among the dead. Efforts were on to establish identity of others.

The van which was functioning as a cab was on its way to Sitapur from Shahjahanpur when it slammed into the rear of the truck. The collision was so intense that nine people including two women were killed on the spot.

A one year-old-girl and a three-month-old boy survived the accident. While the girl was rushed to Shahjahanpur district hospital where she was united with her grandmother and uncle Fahim who were among the four injured, the baby boy’s parents could not be traced. The baby was handed to the custody of a local scribe.

The girl’s grandmother Sabrin said they were going to Sitapur for a wedding. Her son Fahim and her one-year-old granddaughter were with her in the cab. Fahim is also under treatment. She could not describe how the accident took place.

The accident has exposed once again the callous approach of taxi operators who overload their vehicles risking safety for monetary gain. There has been no visible effort by the transport department to deter taxi operators from overloading.

The vehicle involved in the accident had eight seats including that of the driver but it was carrying 18 people.

Dr. Channappa has ordered an inquiry into the accident. “A more stringent campaign to stop overloading of vehicles would be started soon and harshest action would be taken against the errant driver and owners,” he said.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 09:49 IST