20 dead as truck runs into farmers' protest in India

20 dead as truck runs into farmers' protest in India

According to an eyewitness, the driver of the lorry lost control of his vehicle on the highway after which the lorry hit an electric pole first and then rammed into a shop where people were standing, majority farmers. The speeding truck lost control after it tried to avoid collision with another vehicle and hit an electric pole. The remaining eight are believed to have died because of electrocution.

The Deccan Chronicle reported that some of the victims were also staging a protest before the police station, demanding action against illegal sand transportation from their native villages, when the accident occurred. The truck was coming from Srikalahasti.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that the truck driver, who is now absconding, was drunk. The condition of 10 of the injured is said to be critical. He spoke to the Tirupati Superintendent of Police and directed that the injured be extended necessary medical treatment, an official said in Amaravati.

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According to an eyewitness, the driver of the lorry coming from Srikalahasti and bound for Tirupati lost control of his vehicle on the highway.

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced compensation of 500,000 rupees ($7,739;£6,048) to the families of those killed in the incident. The AP government has declared Rs 5 lakh each, for the kin of the deceased as ex gratia.

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