BHOPAL: At least 11 people were killed, while 42 others were injured when a mini-truck boarded by them overturned near a hillock in Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh on Monday morning.
The mini truck was boarded by over 80 labourers who were on way to work on the farmhouse of a rich man from Haryana.
When the mini-truck reached near Kamathiya village under Chargawan police station (350 km from state capital Bhopal), it overturned possibly due to over speeding and break failure resulting in the vehicle turning turtle.
While nine labourers were killed on spot, two others succumbed to injuries at a nearby hospital. The deceased, included 10 women aged between 18 and 50 years, all residents of Nichi and Hirapur villages of Jabalpur only.
"The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced compensation of Rs one lakh each to the kin of each of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to each of the injured being treated at Jabalpur Medical College hospital," said Jabalpur collector MC Chaudhary.
According to Jabalpur SP MS Sikarwar, the accident took place while negotiating a sudden curve on the hilly terrain, while the mini truck was destined to a farmhouse in Jabalpur district only.
"Prima facie it could be the negligence of the vehicle driver while negotiating the sudden curve, which led to the accident. We've booked the injured driver and the owner of the overcrowded truck for culpable homicide not amounting to murder under Section 304 of IPC," said Sikarwar.
Importantly, while the injured were being rushed to hospital in ambulances, one of the ambulance too met with an accident. But fortunately no one was hurt in that mishap.