KANPUR/HASSAN/JAIPUR: Nineteen people, including three techies and two children, were killed and as many injured in four separate road accidents in Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Rajasthan in the last 24 hours. In two of the four accidents, the victims were heading for temples to offer prayers.
Two of the four accidents took place on Agra-Lucknow Expressway in Kannauj and Etawah districts of UP. In the Kannauj mishap, six members of a family, including a minor, were killed as the car they were travelling in crashed into a truck moving ahead of them. The accident took place late on Friday night.
In the Etawah mishap that took place at Channel No. 126 on Saturday morning, three people were killed and 12 injured in a pile-up due to dense fog on the Expressway. The deceased, who were yet to be identified, and the injured were travelling in separate vehicles.
In the Karnataka accident, an excise sub-inspector and three techies were killed when their car rammed into a container truck on NH-75 near Channarayapatna in the early hours of Saturday. The four friends were on their way to attend a marriage in Chikkamagaluru.
The excise SI had just finished training and was to join work on Monday in Mysuru. He was at the wheel at the time of the accident.
In Rajasthan, six people, including four women and a child, were killed and seven others got injured when the jeep they were travelling in collided head on with a truck at Rajiyasar village in Sri Ganganagar district around 9am on Saturday. The victims were heading for Ramdeora temple in Jaisalmer to offer prayers.
Police said prima facie the truck driver was found drunk. “He was arrested and sent for medical examination. It is certain that he was driving rashly and misjudged the vehicle coming from the opposite side,” a police officer said.