Sardarpur (Madhya Pradesh): Four people, including two children and one woman, were crushed to death after a truck toppled on them while they were riding on their motorcycle.
An incident was reported between Gundirela and Machiliya Ghad on Indore – Ahmedabad National Highway on Monday at around 7.15 pm.
The deceased were identified as Rakesh, son of Khemu Damore, his wife Sangeeta Damore and two of their children. They died on the spot after a loaded truck toppled on them. A truck driver was also injured in an accident and was rushed to Sardarpur Community Health Centre along with all four bodies.
During preliminary investigation, it was revealed that Rakesh, who was a native of Jhabua district was heading to his place from Pithampur, while the truck loaded with the steel coils moving from Uttar Pradesh to Ahmedabad.
While negotiating the U-turn, it tumbled on Rakesh and his family attempting to overtake the truck.
After getting the information, Dhar SP Manoj Kumar Singh and the rescue team rushed to the spot with a crane. They cleared the highway with the help of a crane and took out all the bodies and sent for the post-mortem.
Case filed against the driver
Rajgarh police station in-charge Kamal Singh Panwar informed that the police team engaged in the investigation and booked driver Pratap Singh, a resident of Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh. Although the driver Pratap was also injured in the accident, the police will arrest the driver after his treatment at the hospital. After PM, the bodies have been handed over to the relatives.
Construction on highway is going on
The total length of the highway is 375 kilometres, of which 220 kilometres is in Gujarat, while 155 kilometres is in Madhya Pradesh. Out of 155, construction has been done in 139 kilometres and construction on the remaining 16-kilometre patch is going between Dhulet and Dattigaon. Machhaliya Ghat fell under this patch and more than 80 per cent work has been completed.
The cost of constructing this 16-kilometre stretch is Rs 210 crore and daily five thousand vehicles pass through the highway.
In the five-kilometres area of the Ghat section, 14 turns are there on a two-lane road. This section is infamous for robbery and loot incidents with the drivers. Due to the turns in the Ghat area, there was always a possibility of accidents, but now after the completion of the highway construction, the accidents will be less. Here a divider of 2-5 meters has been made in the middle of the road of 8-5 and 8-5 meters.