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Uttar Pradesh: 14 dead in road accident after SUV rams into truck


In an unfortunate incident, 14 people were killed in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Pratapgarh late on Thursday. The accident took place after their car hit a truck on the Lucknow-Prayagraj highway. The casualties include six children.

Notably, the victims were travelling in a sports utility vehicle (SUV). The fatal accident resulted in the death of all the passengers of the SUV.

According to the police, the accident took place around midnight on Thursday near Deshraj Inara village on the Lucknow-Prayagraj highway. Following the accident, the mangled SUV was pulled out of the back of the truck.

All victims were returning home to their village in Kunda in the district after attending a wedding, police said. It added that all help has been assured to the families of the victims.

Five bodies were recovered soon after the crash whereas the rest of the bodies were pulled out after the car was retrieved from under the truck. The children who died in the crash were all aged between 7 and 15. The eight other victims were all men aged between 20 and 60.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has extended his condolence to the bereaved families and instructed the administration to render all possible assistance to them.

SUV rammed the truck from behind

Pratapgarh superintendent of police (SP) Anurag Arya said the truck was parked at the side of the highway due to a punctured tyre when the SUV rammed it from behind. Half of the car was pulled out in a mangled state from under the truck later by police officials, he added.

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The top cop further added that the police have already spoken to the families of the victims and the heads of their villages and assured them all possible help.

Notably, all the bodies have been sent for post-mortem, police said. It added that efforts are being made to contact the owners of the SUV and the truck.

UP Police tweeted: “In a tragic incident,14 people lost their lives in a road accident in Pratapgarh last night. Senior Police officers reached the spot immediately & carried out the rescue work Our prayers & condolences for the bereaved family members & loved ones of those who lost their lives.”


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