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Twenty dead as lorry runs into protest in southern India

Andhra Pradesh At least 20 dead as truck loses control runs over people in Chittoor district Google Maps
Sherri Watson | 21 April, 2017, 19:23

Thirteen people were killed and over 15 injured after a lorry hit an electric pole and ploughed into a general store at Yerpedu, 25 km from Tirupati on the Srikalahasti Highway, on Friday. The terrible incident took place when a speeding truck with heavy load lost control and hit an electric pole before crushing people under its wheel. The injured persons were taken to Ruia Hospital in Tirupati.

The farmers were outside a police station in Chittoor district, protesting against illegal sand mining. The condition of 10 of the injured was said to be critical.

The driver of the truck is believed to have lost control and run over the people, including some protesters, according to Hindustan Times. The driver and cleaner of the truck have been arrested.

Police said the accident occurred near Yerpadu police station. The injured were immediately rushed to nearby hospital for medical assistance.

The eyewitnesses said the lorry first ran over the crowd and then hit the electric pole, resulting in the overhead high-tension cable snapping and falling on the people.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh chief minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu expressing shock over the accident has directed his cabinet ministers Narayana and Amaranth Reddy to rush to the spot and coordinate relief operations. Government will announce exgratia to the family members of the diseased in one or two days.