A big accident has happened in Gujarat. The dumper crushed 20 people in Kosamba area, 60 km from Surat. 15 of them died. Police said that all were laborers and were from Kushalgarh in Banswara district of Rajasthan.
The accident took place on the Kim-Mandvi road last night near Palodgam. A dumper climbed on the sleeping people on the sidewalk. 12 people died on the spot, while 8 were taken to hospital in critical condition. 3 more injured succumbed to their injuries in a government hospital in Surat.
Identification of 10 dead
His names are Safesa Fusay, Shobhana, Rakesh, Dilip Thakra, Naresh Balu, Vikesh Mahida, Mukesh Mahida, Leela Mukesh, Manisha and Chadha Bal. A 2-year-old girl and a one-year-old child also died in the accident.
At the same time, the 6-month-old girl’s life was saved. She was sleeping with her parents. After the accident, on hearing the cry of the girl among the pile of corpses, the police rescued her and rushed her to the hospital immediately. The child’s parents died.
Rakesh Rupchand, one of the dead, worked in a shop a short distance from the accident site. He slept in a cabin near the shop every day, but instead of sleeping in the cabin on Monday, he slept on the sidewalk with the laborers and died due to a dumper. 4-5 shop sheds also collapsed due to collision of dumper.
Dumper Crashed Uncontrollable after Hitting the Tractor
Police said the dumper collided with a cane laden tractor. The driver of the dumper then lost control and the dumper climbed onto the pavement. Police have arrested the driver and cleaner of the dumper.
Eyes Seen: Many people Surrounded Death in their Sleep
Raju, who was present on the occasion at the time of the incident, said – I was sleeping on the pavement located a little away from the place of the accident. Dumper hits a kink. A loud voice opened my sleep. I saw a dumper climbed on the sleeping people a short distance away. Many people had died in these. The injured were bleeding from their bodies. There was shouting all around. Police brought the injured to the hospital. The condition of 6 hospitalized people is critical.
Modi expressed Condolences, Announced Help
The Prime Minister has said that the injured are praying for speedy recovery. The Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund will provide Rs 2 lakh to the families of the dead and Rs 50,000 to the injured.
Ex-gratia of Rs. 2 lakh each from PMNRF would be given to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives due to the accident in Surat. Rs. 50,000 each would be given to those injured.
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) January 19, 2021
Gujarat Government will also give 2-2 Lakh to the Families of the Dead
CM Shri @vijayrupanibjp expressed grief over the death of innocent labourers sleeping on footpath who have been run over by a truck in Surat and announced ex-gratia of Rs.2 lakh each from the State Govt to the next of kin of those who have lost their lives. pic.twitter.com/aRf9ZzJuwQ
— CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) January 19, 2021
Rajasthan CM expresses Condolences
Deeply saddened to know many labourers from #Banswara, #Rajasthan have lost lives after a truck ran over them as they were sleeping near the road in #Surat. My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for speedy recovery of those injured.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) January 19, 2021