Lucknow: In a major road accident, eight pilgrims, including two women and a girl, were killed and three others were injured when a Bolero Jeep in which they were travelling crashed into a stationed truck from behind near Alinagar Village in Kannauj on the Lucknow-Agra Expressway on Wednesday morning.
A family of 11 were heading from Alwar district in Rajasthan to famous site of pilgrimage -- Naimisarayanam, also known as Nimsaar - a Vishnu temple in Sitapur when the vehicle they were travelling hit a stationed truck from behind in Kannauj on Lucknow-Agra Expressway as early as 4 am on Wednesday.
As per the eyewitness account, the vehicle carrying the pilgrims was being driven on a high-speed and the driver failed to see the truck parked on the roadside. The impact of Bolero crashing into the truck was so huge that eight persons died on the spot while three were seriously injured in the accident.
Hearing a bang, the villagers of nearby Alipur village rushed to mishap site and immediately started rescuing the injured. They also informed the police. A police team from Tirwa Police Station rushed to the accident spot to retrieve bodies and sent three injured, including the Bolero driver Pappu Kumar Yadav, to Kannauj district hospital. They were later shifted to Kanpur District hospital when their condition was stated to be critical.
As per the local police sources, a case was registered and bodies sent for the post-mortem. On the basis of the information provided by the driver, so far six bodies were identified while the identity of the remaining two is yet to be ascertained. The family members of the deceased were informed by the police.
Those who died in the accident have been identified as Raj Kumar, Vidhya Devi, Santosh Devi, Shalu, Raju, and Ratyali. Seriously injured Bolero Driver Pappu Kumar Yadav, Ankit and Sahil were shifted at Kanpur hospital.
Inaugurated by former CM Akhilesh Yadav on November 23 2016, the 302-km-long Lucknow-Agra Expressway is fast turning into a 'death stretch' as more than 150 people were killed in the last six months even after starting of toll services. However, since inauguration, over 750 people have become e victim of accidents on the expressway.