Guwahati News Desk: At least fifteen migrant labourers from Rajasthan sleeping by the roadside were killed after a truck ran over them in the Surat district of Gujarat on Tuesday.
The tragic incident took place near Kosamba village, around 60 km from Surat, police said.
Commenting on the incident, Surat SP Usha Rada said, “The truck ran over the migrant construction workers on the Kim-Mandvi road shortly after midnight. 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.”
“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,”
Three workers injured in the tragedy are being treated in a nearby hospital.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that ex-gratia of Rs two lakh from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund and Rs 50,000 to each injured.
The PMO tweeted, “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.”