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11 pilgrims killed, 19 hurt in Uttarakhand accident

Press Trust of India  |  Dehradun/Pithoragarh 

Elevenpeople, many of them in their teens, were killed and 19 injured in Champawatdistrict today when a speeding truck rammed into a group of pilgrims walking to the

The pilgrims from in were on their way to the hilltop temple, well known in the region, when they were knocked down by a dumper truck coming from behind.

The accident took place at 5 am at Bichai, said.

Nine pilgrims were killedon the spot and twoothers succumbed to their injuries while being taken to hospital, the district disaster management office in Champawat said.

The group was following the 'dolas' (palanquins) of Purnagiri Devi, placed on two tractors, when the accident happened, the Tanakpur SDM said.

The devotees, still about 30 km from the temple, were travelling on foot as a mark of gratitude towards the deity for fulfilling their wishes, he said.

The seriouslyinjured pilgrims were admitted at a hospital in Khatima and the others taken to Tanakpur,he said.

The dead included Vir Singh (18), Sonu (8),Vishal (17), Ram kumar (16), Deendayal (35), Babu (12), Kesher Singh (16), Ramswaroop (40), Sohan (40) and Kamal (19).

They were all fromBaheri in district, the SDM said.

expressed grief at the loss of lives and asked to ensure proper treatment to the injured.

The fled after the accident. The police have launched a search for him.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 18:05 IST