In a tragic accident, 15 people of a family from Maharashtra, including five women and seven children, were killed in a road mishap involving a tipper and an auto in Adilabad district of Telangana, police said on Sunday.
The incident occurred on the outskirts of Bhainsa town of the district at around midnight on Saturday when a speeding gravel-laden tipper collided head on with the auto carrying 18 persons, Adilabad District Superintendent of Police Tarun Joshi said.
Fourteen persons died on the spot and another died on way to a hospital after the tipper fell on the auto and its occupants were crushed to death, the police officer said, adding, three others who were injured in the incident were shifted to a hospital in neighbouring Nizamabad district.
The deceased were on their way to a temple and had hired the auto, the SP said. “The deceased include five women, four boys and three girls,” Bhainsa Rural police station Circle Inspector Vinod Reddy said.
The family belong to Bhokar mandal in Nanded district of Maharashtra and they had been working in brick kilns in Nizamabad, he said.
The accident happened as a truck rammed into an auto-rickshaw.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao expressed his sympathies and condolences over the death of human lives in the road accident and he instructed the officials to make arrangements for better treatment to the injured.