Update: Expressing his condolences over the loss of lives in Etah’s Uttar Pradesh, where 14 people were killed in a road accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday announced an ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakhs from the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) for the victims’ next of kin. Prime Minister Modi also announced Rs. 50,000 as ex-gratia for those injured in the accident.
Lucknow: About 14 people died and another 25 were injured when the mini truck they were travelling in overturned in western Uttar Pradesh’s Etah district last night.
According to initial reports, the driver fell asleep at the wheel, lost control of the vehicle and rammed the barrier of the bridge before falling into a dam.
The group was returning from a wedding party in Sakroli and headed to Agra.
The locals immediately informed the police and rescue teams took them to the nearby hospital. Some of the injured are said to be critical and have been referred to Agra Medical College. The bodies have been sent for postmortem.
Etah District Magistrate Amit Kishore has ordered an inquiry into the accident.