Fatehpur (UP): Nine people were killed after a tempo in which they were travelling was hit by a speeding milk tanker in the Jehanabad area here on Tuesday, police said.
The incident took place this afternoon when the tempo, which was carrying 11 people from Ghatampur in Kanpur, was headed towards Jehanabad. The tanker hit the tempo near the Chilli turn, they said.
Superintendent of Police (SP) Rajesh Kumar Singh said 11 passengers were travelling in the tempo and nine of them were killed in the accident. Two of them were injured and rushed to the hospital, where their condition was stated to be stable.
Expressing grief over the loss of lives in the accident, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet in Hindi said, “The road accident in Fatehpur is very sad. My deepest condolences to those who have lost their family members. I wish the injured a speedy recovery. Under the supervision of the state government, the local administration is fully engaged in helping the victims.”
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in a tweet in Hindi said, “The loss of lives in a road accident in district Fatehpur is extremely sad. My condolences are with the bereaved families. May Lord Ram give place to the departed souls in his holy feet and a speedy recovery to the injured.” The district administration officials have been instructed to provide proper treatment of the injured, the CM said.
The identity of the deceased is yet to be ascertained, police said.
Efforts are on to nab the tanker driver who fled with the vehicle after the accident, they said.