24 Migrant Workers Killed, Several Injured After 2 Trucks Collide in UP; PM Modi Condoles Deaths

24 migrant workers were killed in UP after 2 trucks collided.

24 migrant workers were killed in UP after 2 trucks collided.

Both the trucks were carrying migrant labourers and the accident took place in the wee hours of Saturday.

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At least 24 migrant labourers lost their lives and 36 people sustained injuries when a trailer truck carrying them collided with a DCM vehicle in the early hours of Saturday in this district of Uttar Pradesh, police said.

Both the trucks were carrying the labourers. The incident took place between 3 am and 3.30 am, they said.

"The accident took place in Mihauli in which 24 people died. A trailer truck carrying around 50 migrant labourers was coming from Rajasthan and it collided with a DCM truck. The accident took place on Saturday between 3.00 am and 3.30 am," Circle Officer, Auraiya, Surendranath Yadav said.

"The DCM truck was coming from Delhi and heading towards Chhatarpur in Madhya Pradesh. The trailer truck hit the DCM vehicle. Both the vehicles turned upside down after losing control," he said.

When asked to elaborate further on the reasons which led to the incident, Yadav said, "We spoke to some of the survivors of the accident. Even they could not recall how the accident took place."

Condoling the deaths, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said all aid was being provided to the injured and a probe had been launched.

Former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan also expressed their condolences.

Dozens of migrant workers have fallen sick or died on their way home, either from fatigue or in accidents, underscoring the extreme risks the poor have been exposed to under measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Migrant labourers have been walking back to their rural homes since the lockdown was announced in March as their income dried up overnight. The Centre, criticised for ignoring their plight, started running special Shramik trains earlier this month to ferry them home. The Railways says over a million have been sent back so far.

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