22 killed in truck mishap in Karnataka

10 kids among dead when an over-speeding mini-truck overturned and fell into a ditch near Belgaum.

Belgaum (Karnataka): In a gory mishap, 22 people, including 10 children, were killed on the spot and 12 others got injured when an over speeding mini-truck overturned and fell into a ditch at Halakki, about 80 km from here, in the early hours on Saturday, police said.

Police said the driver lost control over the vehicle which then toppled, resulting in the horrific tragedy. The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Belgaum and at Bailhongal, police said.

The vehicle was carrying labourers from tribal colonies in Bagalkot district to Sawantwadi in Maharashtra for stone quarry work.

The mini-truck also had 30-40 wheat bags loaded on it and some victims came under its weight, they said. Only one girl aged around five has not been identified among the 22, they said.

( Source : PTI )
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