15 killed in Maharashtra road mishap

16 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

JALGAON: Fifteen labourers were killed and at least five were severely injured when the truck carrying them overturned near Kingaon village in Yaval taluka of Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district in the early hours of Monday. Seven men, six women and two children lost their lives in the accident, reports Hindustan Times.

According to the highway traffic police, the truck, which was also carrying papayas, was on its way from Sakri in Dhule district to Raver in Jalgaon district when the accident took place.

Police officials said the truck driver lost control over the wheel because of potholes. “The truck was taking a steep turn when it overturned and the labourers were crushed under the papayas,” said a police officer. Most of the people were from Abhoda, as per the police.

The driver of the vehicle, Shaikh Zahir Baddruddin, has also sustained minor injuries and is being treated at a rural hospital along with the other injured labourers. Police said he will be arrested by the Yaval police after being discharged from the hospital.

They said they have registered a case of accidental death and are investigating it further. “Since the accident took place a few minutes after midnight, the rescue operations were delayed.