Ethah: At least 17 passengers -- 12 women and five children -- were today killed and around 30 others injured when a speeding truck collided with two tractor- trolleys in Malawan area.
The two vehicles were on their way to a canal for a ceremony related to Bhagawat puja which was being organised in Pura village, Additional Superintendent of Police R P Gupta said.
The speeding truck rammed into one of the tractor-trolley near Harchandpur village on Mainpuri road. Due to the high impact of this collision, the damaged trolley climbed on the trolley ahead of it, the ASP said.
Of the 17 persons killed in the accident, five were children and 12 were women, he said.
Around 30 persons were injured in the accident and have been admitted to different hospitals in Etah, Aligarh and Agra.
Expressing grief over the incident, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister announced financial assistance of rupees two lakh each to kin of those killed in the accident and Rs 50,000 each to injured.
The CM has also directed the officials to provide free treatment to the injured.
Meanwhile, local residents staged agitation by blocking a road near Harchandpur area and started stone-pelting on the police, the administrative officers and the passing-by vehicles.