In the horrific tragedy of Gujarat’s Surat, 15 people have been reported dead and three are injured after a truck ran over them while they were sleeping on the footpath. The incident took place at Kosamba village which is 60 km away from Surat.
The truck driver has been detained. He claimed that he lost control over the vehicle after hitting a sugarcane laden tractor.
“A truck collided with a tractor loaded with sugarcane after which the driver of the truck lost control of the vehicle and drove it over the pavement where the labourers were sleeping,” said CM Jadeja, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kamrej Division, Surat.
12 people died on the spot and three died in the hospital. The deceased labourers also include women and children. They were from the Banswada district of Rajasthan.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh for the family of each deceased from PMNRF and Rs 50,000 each would be given to the ones who are injured.
Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident in Surat. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured.
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has also announced ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the family of each who lost their lives in the incident.