At least 15 people were killed and about 20 others seriously injured on Friday when a lorry hit an electric pole before ploughing the vehicle into a group of protesters, cars and shops at Yerpedu, about 25 km away from temple town of Tirupati in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This accident took place around 1.45 pm. While six persons were crushed to death under the truck’s wheels, other died of electrocution and the resultant fire, triggered by the mishap.
According to the police report, the accident occurred as the driver of the lorry lost the control and rammed into car first and then hit the electricity pole before ploughing through shops. The bodies of the people who injured in this accident were shifted to the government hospitals in Tirupati and Srikalashasti in Chittoor district.
A reporter of a Telugu newspaper lost his legs in this accident. The Police say the lorry's driver, Guruvaiah, had a blood alcohol level 20 times the limit permissible for driving, and he has taken into custody.
The AP Government announced an ex-gratia payments of Rs 5 Lakh to the families of the deceased. CM Chandrababu Naidu expressed shock and grief at the loss of lives in this accident in Yerpedu and directed the district collector and other public representatives to supervise the relief operations.