Truck Overturns in East Godavari; 16 Dead
A terrible accident took place in East Godavari district, which killed atleast 16 persons and injured 8. Position of 6 injured persons is critical. A truck travelling from Vijayawada to Visakhapatnam, carrying cement and fly ash overturned at Gandepally in East Godavari district.
Some labourers of Kathipudi and Prathipadu areas went to palm plantation in Chintalapudi of West Godavari district about 19 days ago. 35 labourers boarded a lorry at Eluru by-pass to reach home after work. The lorry overturned soon after reaching outskirts of Murari village of Gandepally mandal. With this, the workers got trapped under ash and cement. Driver and cleaner of the truck have run away. Driver later surrendered in Visakhapatnam’s Nakkapalli police station. It is observed that over-speeding was the reason for the disaster. Victims in the accident belonged to Kathipudi, Prathipadu, Thondangi and Annavaram areas of East Godavari district. Injured labourers were shifted to Rajahmundry Government Hospital for treatment.
AP CM Chandrababu Naidu expressed condolences over loss of lives. While Transport Minister Siddha Raghava Rao conducted tele-conference with officials of his department. He ordered better treatment services to injured petrsons. Chandrababu asked Raghava Rao to visit the spot personally and check status. Ex gratia of Rs.2 lakhs was announced for families if the deceased.