14 migrant workers, baby girl run over by truck in Gujarat


13 migrant labourers and a year-old-girl from Rajasthan who were sleeping by the roadside in Gujarat’s Surat district were among 15 dead after a dumper truck ran over them on Tuesday, police said. Those killed include 8 women and a migrant worker from MP, police said. While 12 of them died on the spot, 3 died during treatment, police added.

Except for the 19-year-old worker from Madhya Pradesh, all the other deceased were from villages in Banswara district in south Rajasthan, police said. The tragedy took place near Kosamba village, around 60 km from Surat, police said. The truck driver, who apparently lost control over the vehicle after hitting a sugarcane laden tractor, has been booked under sections of the IPC and Motor Vehicles Act, police said.

The truck driver and the vehicle’s ‘cleaner’ were also injured in the accident and are being treated at a hospital. The truck ran over the migrant construction workers on the Kim-Mandvi road shortly after midnight, Surat SP Usha Rada said.

The truck driver lost control over his vehicle after dashing against the tractor and veered off the road onto the pavement where the workers were sleeping, she said. “The truck was on its way to Mandvi from Kim. The driver lost control of the vehicle after it hit sugarcane hanging out of the tractor trolley coming from the opposite direction. The truck’s front window pane shattered on impact, which blocked the driver’s vision. The truck then veered off the road and crashed into the sleeping labourers,” she said.

PM Modi announced ex-gratia of Rs2 lakh from the PM’s National Relief Fund would be given to the next of kin of each person killed and Rs50,000 would be given to each injured. “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 PMO tweeted.

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani also announced compensation of Rs2 lakh.

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