People gather near the mangled remains of a truck after it
overturned near Kingaon village in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra on Monday. (PTI)
FIFTEEN people were killed and five others injured after a truck carrying labourers overturned and fell into a roadside pit in Maharashtra’s Jalgaon district in the wee hours of Monday, police said. The accident took place near a temple in Kingaon village around 1 am when the papaya-laden truck was on its way to Yawal tehsil in Jalgaon from Dhule, an official from Yawal police station said.
The deceased included two children, aged 3 and 5 years, and a 15-year-old girl. A 14-year-old boy, who was sleeping on top of the truck, escaped unhurt, the official said. The labourers belonged to Abhoda, Vivra, Kerhala villages and Raver tehsil in the district, he said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Kovind expressed grief at the loss of lives. The Maharashtra Government announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased.