Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh): Two college students and their van driver were killed and seven others injured when a speeding truck hit their vehicle in Burhanpur district on Tuesday, police said.
The accident took place near Shahpur on Indore-Ichhapur highway at around 9.30 am, superintendent of police (SP) Rahul Kumar said. The van carrying students was heading towards Burhanpur from a nearby village. Two female students and the van driver died on the spot, the official said. Seven other students were injured and admitted to the district hospital. The bodies were sent to the district hospital for postmortem. Burhanpur district collector Praveen Singh and SP reached the district hospital to meet the injured students. The truck driver is absconding, police said.
The deceased have been identified as Pooja Ravindra (19), Vidhya Tukaram, both residents of Bambhada village and the auto driver Dinesh Mahajan (40).
CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh to the next of kin of the deceased.