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 Purnagiri temple.
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 Bareilly district, the SDM said.
The dumper truck driver fled after the accident. The police have launched a search for him.
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