Tractor trolley carrying Hindu devotees crashes, killing dozens | News
The rickshaw carried about 40 people, mostly women and children, to Kanpur city, Utter Pradesh province.
A farm tractor carrying Hindu pilgrims overturned and fell into a pond in Ghatampur during north india The city of Kanpur, on Sunday, left 26 people dead, most of them women and children, officials said.
Kanpur Police Chief Tej Swaroop Singh said the carriage was carrying about 40 people returning from a ceremony at a nearby Hindu temple on Saturday night. He said most of the deaths were due to drowning.
At least 10 people were injured in the accident in Kanpur, about 100km (60 miles) southwest of the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow. The injured were taken to the hospital.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condolences.
“Suffering from the trolley-tractor incident that took place in Kanpur. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their loved ones and close ones and prayers with those injured,” Modi tweeted.
This is the second incident in the past week in Uttar Pradesh – a tractor carrying people overturned on Monday, killing at least 10 people.
Yogi Adityanath, the top elected official of Uttar Pradesh, discourages the use of agricultural tractors to transport passengers.
“A trailer should be used for agricultural work and transporting goods, not for carrying people,” he said in a statement.
Traffic accidents are common in India, with more than 150,000 people killed last year, or more than 400 people a day, according to official statistics.