Five killed, six injured in Agra accident

April 9th, 2008 - 5:40 pm ICT by admin  


Agra, April 9 (IANS) Five people were killed when a truck collided with an auto rickshaw, a motorcycle and a scooter in Agra Wednesday. Later angry residents pelted stones and blocked a national highway nearby. While the official death toll is five, unofficial reports put it at eight.

A speeding truck rammed into an auto rickshaw Wednesday morning at the Sultanganj crossing on the national highway to Delhi.

Half a dozen seriously injured passengers of the vehicle were taken to the S.N. Medical College.

District magistrate Mukesh Meshram told media persons at the accident site that five people died on the spot when the truck, carrying stone, failed to stop due to a brake failure.

The driver ran away after people started damaging vehicles and blocked movement of traffic. The truck had a Rajasthan registration number.

Angry residents of nearby colonies blocked the Delhi-bound carriageway of the national highway and threw stones at passing vehicles. A posse of police personnel cleared the blockade around 11 a.m.

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