In a tragic incident, six farm workers were killed and eight others suffered severe injuries after a lorry hit an auto. The incident took place near Nuzvid in Krishna district early Sunday.
According to reports, the victims belonged to Lion Tanda, a tribal hamlet near Nuzvid. They were heading to Bapulapadu for farm work. Police suspect that rash driving of the lorry drivers and dense fog might have been the causes of the accident. The injured were immediately rushed to hospitals in Nuzvid and Vijayawada.
The deceased have been identified as Ramesh, Nagaraju, Banavat Swana, Bhukya Somla, Banavat Nagu and Barmavat Somla. Nagu died while he was being taken to the hospital whereas the remaining five died on the spot.
Nuzvid sub-divisional police officer Srinivasulu said they have registered a case and were om the lookout to trace the vehicle driver who caused the accident.
Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed his shock over the road accident in Nuzvid. The AP government also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each to the family of victims.
Andhra Pradesh Governor Biswabhusan Harichandan, Deputy Chief Minister (Health) A KK Srinivas, Home Minister M Sucharita, TDP president N Chandrababu Naidu and Jana Sena chief K Pawan Kalyan expressed grief over the mishap.