20 die in freak accident in Chittoor, AP

Police said the accident occured when the driver of the lorry lost control and rammed into a car first, then hit an electricity pole before ploughing through the shops.

By   |   Sambasiva Rao M   |   Published: 21st Apr 2017   3:18 pm Updated: 21st Apr 2017   8:28 pm
Chittoor
The lorry that lost control causing death of 20 people in Chittoor. Photo: By Arrangement

Amaravati: At least 20 persons died and 10 others seriously injured when a lorry ploughed through roadside commercial shops at Yerpedu in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh on Friday.

Police said the accident occured when the driver of the lorry lost control and rammed into a car first, then hit an electricity pole before ploughing through the shops. The bodies as well as the injured persons were shifted to the Government and other hospitals in Tirupati and Srikalahasti in Chittoor district. The death toll is likely to go up since the high tension wire snapped and dropped on the road, the sources said.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Medical Services Kamineni Srinivas directed the district officials to extend all support to the victims and provide all the necessary medical treatment for the injured. He also directed the officials to complete the post mortem of the victims and release their bodies immediately to their respective families.
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu reviewed the accident and directed ministers and other public representatives to go to the spot immediately and extend assistance to the victims. He also directed the State administration to deploy sufficient number of employees for rescue operation.