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07 Mar 2021, 12:11 HRS IST
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  • 14 migrant workers, baby girl crushed to death by truck in Gujarat

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17:1 HRS IST

Surat, Jan 19 (PTI) Thirteen migrant labourers and an year-old-girl from Rajasthan who were sleeping by the roadside in Gujarat's Surat district were among 15 killed after a dumper truck ran over them on Tuesday, police said

Those killed include eight women and a migrant worker from Madhya Pradesh, police said. While 12 of them died on the spot, three died during treatment at a hospital, police added

Except for the 19-year-old worker from Madhya Pradesh, all the other deceased were from villages in Banswara district of 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 drivers vision. The truck then veered off the road and crashed into the sleeping labourers," she said

Three workers injured in the tragedy are being treated in a nearby hospital, the police official said

The deceased were identfied as Rahul Mahida (19), Manisha Mahida (19), Vanita Mahida (17), Sangeeta Vasunia (27), Champa Panda (16), Naresh Panda (25), Rajila Mahida (25), Vikesh Mahida (27), Shakan Vasunia (21), Mukesh Mahida (25), Lila Mahida (22), Anita Mahida (40), Dilip Vasania (20), Shobha Vasania (23) and one-year-old girl Tejal Mahida

Except Rahul Mahida, a native of Madhya Pradesh, all other victims were from Rajasthan, police said

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that ex-gratia of Rs two lakh from the Prime Ministers National Relief Fund would be given to the next of kin of each person killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 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, quoting Modi

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani also announced compensation of Rs two lakh to the kin of each deceased

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has also condoled the death of migrant labourers from the state and announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakh to the family of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to the injured.

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