At least 14 persons were killed and 24 injured when a truck rammed into a group of villagers standing outside some shops in Andhra Pradesh's Chittoor district on Friday, police said. The lorry, coming from Srikalahasti towards Tirupati, lost control and hit the electric pole first. The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer Sambasiva Rao has been coordinating with the medical team at Ruia and SVIMS hospitals in Tirupati. Lorry hit the auto first and then an electricity pole before ploughing through the shops.
The truck was going from Srikalahasti to Tirupati. While PTI reported that the victims had gathered outside the police station to submit various applications, The Indian Express said the people who were injured in the incident had mostly been vendors. While six persons were crushed to death under the truck's wheels, others died of electrocution and the resultant fire, triggered by the mishap.
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A report from Amaravati quoting an official release said Deputy Chief Minister N China Rajappa spoke to the Tirupati Superintendent of Police and directed that the injured be extended necessary medical treatment.
The accident scene was a ghastly sight, with bodies and vehicles hit by the lorry strewn around.
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The incident happened very close to the Yerpedu police station.
The Andhra Pradesh government has announced an ex gratia of Rs 5 lakh for the kin of the deceased.
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