Lucknow: In a tragic
incident late Tuesday night, eight children were killed and over a
dozen injured when a speeding truck overturned at Nagla Patwari
near the bypass in Aligarh, 335 km from here, police said.
The incident happened when the truck, loaded with bricks, got
stuck in a pothole. The driver lost control, the truck turned
turtle and then hurtled into a roadside slum in the village.
The dead include five sisters, police said.
The deceased have been identified as Imran (five months), Akram
(3), Kausar (7), Shabana (10), Khushboo (5), Zareena (8), Suhail
(5) and Hazra (5).
Angry at the delay in arrival of cranes to begin rescue operations
to pull out the children from under the truck, a mob went on a
rampage and chased away senior district officials from the
Angry residents alleged that they had petitioned district
authorities many times to get the road repaired, as they feared an
accident that could cause loss of lives. They said their pleas
fell on deaf ears.
The condition of the injured is stated to be serious, though out
of danger, police officials said.
The truck driver and its cleaner were also among the injured.
Angry people blocked the road for many hours, protesting the
laxity of authorities in repairing the road.