Chittoor: At least 20 people, mostly roadside vegetable and fruit vendors, were killed when a truck ran over them in at Yerpedu in Chittoor district.
Police said that the truck driver lost control while trying to avoid collision with another vehicle and hit a electric pole and ran over roadside vendors at the busy Putalapatu-Naidupet junction.
The truck was going from Srikalahasti to Tirupati. At least 10 persons were admitted at Ruia Hospital at Tirupati with serious injuries.
Police said the accident occurred near Yerpadu police station when a group of persons who had come to the police station were standing near the shops.
Tirupati Urban superintendent of police Vijayalaxmi said most of the casualties were because of electrocution. The injured were shifted to different hospitals in Tirupati and Srikalahasti. She said two police officers were among those injured.
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.