A trailer truck collided with a van in Auraiya districts Mihauli area. The truck was carrying around 50 migrant workers. The van was coming from Delhi.
“The incident took place at around 3:30am… Most of them are from Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal,” Abhishek Singh, Auraiya’s district magistrate, was quoted as saying by ANI.
“Twenty-four people were brought dead, 22 have been admitted and 15 who were critically injured have been referred to Saifai PGI,” Archana Srivastava, Auraiya’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO), said, according to ANI.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his deepest condolences to the families of the laborers who lost their lives.
“The chief minister has also directed that all the injured must be provided with medical care immediately and the commissioner and inspector general of police (Kanpur) to visit the site and give a report on the cause of the accident immediately”, Awasthi said.
Thousands of people were seen walking from towards their home states since the lockdown started. The lockdown has put them in terrific situations where they have no access to medicine, food, and care.
Millions of workers were left without work across cities and towns in India when the lockdown was announced on March 24, resulting in the first wave of workers going back to their villages.