Ten people died while 37 were wounded in an accident in Lucknow’s Itaunja area today. After a tractor trolley with 47 people onboard tumbled into a pond.
The vehicle, which was going to a Durga Devi temple in Unnao village for a mundan’ ceremony, tumbled after it lost control and fell into a pond, District Magistrate (Lucknow) Surya Pal Gangwar said.
Eight women and two children died in the accident, he said. An ex gratia of Rs. 4 lakhs each is being bestowed to the family of the deceased.
Visuals from the spot showed officials exploring the site of the mishap. A JCB is also seen helping with rescue operations that are currently ongoing. The tractor is said to have fallen into a roadside pond killing nine people.
One of the harmed with serious wounds has been admitted to the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) hospital while others sustaining treatment in the Community Health Centre in Itaunja are said to be out of danger, the DM said.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) team which was summoned to help in the search operations is still present at the spot to assure that nobody is trapped in the pond, he said.
Probes are on to find out the reasons behind the mishap and feedback is also being taken from the eyewitnesses, he said.
Officials also visited the hospital where the victims were taken to.
Police and authorities are on alert to assure that large numbers of people do not travel especially on narrow roads as this is prone to accidents, he said, adding they are also requesting people in this regard.
The DM along with senior district officials and police officials visited the spot and ordered the officials to assure all possible help to the victims. He also met the victims admitted in the CHC Itaunja and inspected their health.
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