Kanpur: Three persons were killed and two others injured when a speeding truck ran over them on National Highway-2 in Etawah on Monday morning.
The victims were going to their village in Jhansi to participate in panchayat elections and had stepped out while their car’s flat tyre was being changed.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the casualties in the road accident and directed district authorities to provide proper medical aid to the injured.
Police identified two deceased as Pramod (28) and Buddhi Singh (50), while the identity of the third, who was at the wheels, could not be ascertained.
The accident took place when the driver of a truck lost control of the vehicle and ran over the occupants of a stationary car in Bakewar police station area of Etawah district.
The victims were on their way to their native village in Jhansi from Delhi when their car’s tyre got punctured near a dhaba in Bakewar area of Etawah. All the occupants came out and few were helping the driver in replacing the flat tyre, while others were standing by the roadside.
Suddenly, a speeding truck being driven rashly hit the car and the victims trying to replace the flat tyre and those standing next to the vehicle.
The truck driver fled from the spot following which locals called the police control room.
The two injured have been admitted to the district hospital, while the bodies were sent to mortuary for the postmortem, said police officials.
“Two injured were in a critical condition and were referred to Saifai Medical University,” the officials added.
“One injured, identified as Sandeep, has told that they were going to their native village Semri in Guru Sarai police station area of Jhansi district to vote in the upcoming panchayat election,” said Etawah SSP Brijesh Kumar Singh.
“An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of IPC and searches are underway to arrest the driver of the truck, who is on the run,” the SSP added.