New Delhi: 16 May 2020 The government is involved in the relief work in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya district, about 200 km from the state’s capital Lucknow, where 24 migrants were killed and several were injured when two trucks collided earlier this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted amid outpouring of condolences over the incident.
“The road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Auraiya is extremely tragic. The government is involved in the relief work. I express my condolences to the families of those killed in this accident, as well as wish the injured a speedy recovery,” PM Modi tweeted in Hindi.
Two trucks collided in Auraiya district at around 3 am, killing 24 migrant workers and injuring at least 38. Among those injured, 15 are critical. Separate groups of labourers – stranded due to the coronavirus lockdown – had hitched rides on these trucks coming from Rajasthan and Delhi to return to their homes.
Many of them were sitting on sacks of goods that one of the vehicles was transporting. Some of the them were thrown off the vehicle, others were crushed under the weight of these sacks due to the impact of the collision. The migrants were headed to their homes in Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar and UP.