Ten people, including four women and a child, were killed and 25 others injured on Friday evening, when a pick-up truck in which they were travelling overturned in Shivpuri district, 312 kilometres north of Bhopal, police said.
The incident took place around 7.15 pm when the group was returning to their village Dodi from Unawad in Sheopur district after attending a religious programme. Ten people killed in the incident, Shivpuri Superintendent of Police Rajesh Singh Chandel told PTI.
“Six persons died on the spot. The police rushed the injured to Pohri and Shivpuri district hospitals. Those on board were travelling from Morawan village to Vijaypur,” he added.
Initial reports claimed that a gas tanker had hit the pickup coming from the wrong side. Since the vehicle was overloaded, the driver lost his control over it. The small pick-up vehicle was reportedly carrying 35 passengers.
Ten people killed were identified
The police have identified the ten people killed in the incident as Bharat Singh Gurjar, 40 and Narottam Gurjar, 45, are residents of Dondari Khurd village in Sheopur district; Jagmohan Gurjar, 50, s/o Kunwarpal Gurjar; Jagmohan Gurjar, 60, son of Maharaj Singh Gurjar; Gasbar Singh, 45; Durgabai, 28; her daughter Pratigya, 4; Kamala Bai, 50; Munni Gurjar, 50 and Harvilas Gurjar, 50, all residents of Dondari Kalan village in Sheopur district.
Sub-divisional officer of police (SDoP) at Pohari Praveen Kumar Bhuria said, “The deceased and injured were returning to their villages near Vijaypur town in Sheopur district from Morawan village in the same district. They had gone there following the death of a relative. The victims were travelling in a pick-up-truck via Shivpuri district and the vehicle overturned near Pohari at about 7.15 pm.”
“Six of the victims died on the spot. Two succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital. Meanwhile, two others died during treatment in the district hospital. Among the 25 injured, the condition of three persons is serious, but the doctors referred them to Gwalior,” the officer said.
Bhuria said the police are trying to find out how the mishap took place.