Truck driver runs into pole, hits crowd near Tirupati; more than a dozen killed

Updated: 09:52 GMT, Apr 22, 2017 | Published: 06:17 GMT, Apr 22, 2017 |

At least 13 people have died after a speeding Tirupati-bound lorry hit an electric pole and then ran into a group of demonstrators gathered outside a police station in the temple town of Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh.

11 of those killed were electrocuted, said a senior police official. 24 people were also injured in the accident that took place.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted this evening, “Pained by the loss of lives due to an accident in AP’s Chittoor dist. Condolences to families of the deceased & prayers with the injured.”

According to an eyewitness, the driver of the lorry coming from Srikalahasti and bound for Tirupati lost control of his vehicle on the highway. The lorry hit an electric pole first and then rammed into a shop where people were standing. While around 6 people lost their lives in the collision, the others died of electrocution.

The people were waiting outside the police station at Yerpedu to submit their applications.

The injured people were rushed to the SVR Ruia Government General Hospital in Tirupati and the government hospital of Srikalahasti. The number of casualties could go up as several of the injured are critical.