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At least eight children are among 23 killed when tractor carrying worshippers on their way to bathe in the River Ganges crashes into pond in India


This is the devastating aftermath of a tractor crash in India which killed at least 23 people this morning including eight children.

At least 20 people are believed to be injured, many severely.

The tractor was carrying worshipers in its trolley to a holy site when the driver, who eyewitnesses said was driving at high speeds, lost control.

Carrying people in a trolley on the back of a tractor is illegal in rural India.

The tractor came off the road in Kasgani district in the state of Utter Pradesh.

It crashed into the pond on the side of Patiyali-Daryagani road and the trolley flipped over.

A huge crowd of heartbroken friends and relatives grew as the bodies of their loved ones were pulled out of the water. 

A huge crowd of heartbroken friends and relatives grew, helping pull people out of the water

A huge crowd of heartbroken friends and relatives grew, helping pull people out of the water

The trolley on the back of the tractor flipped over as it hit the water sending people down

The trolley on the back of the tractor flipped over as it hit the water sending people down

The passengers, believed to be numbering around 40, who were from Jaithara village in Utter Pradesh’s Etah district were on their way to the Ganges for a special religious ceremony where they would have taken a holy bath in the water to worship Vishnu. 

It is reported that most of them are now dead.

The ones that survived but got severely injured have been taken to hospital in Patiyali to receive treatment.

Earlier today, officials confirmed the death toll as 15 but said it was expected to grow due to the severity of the survivors injuries and those that were yet to be found.

Police Superintendent Aparna Rajat Kaushik said: ‘Those trapped in the pond are being pulled out with a bulldozer.

Devastated friends and relatives gathered as their loved ones bodies were pulled out the water

Devastated friends and relatives gathered as their loved ones bodies were pulled out the water

A backlog of traffic grew and came to a halt as the rescue efforts continued into the day

A backlog of traffic grew and came to a halt as the rescue efforts continued into the day

‘The injured have been admitted to the hospital.

‘A few passers-by were also hit by the trolley when it fell,” “There are chances of more casualties but right now we can say, 15 deaths so far.’

Emergency services promptly responded to the scene and were helped by the crowd of locals who are seen in the video wading through the murky water, desperately trying to find survivors.

The video shows the bulldozer being used to try to recover the bodies, with many already lined up on the grassy bank.

A buildup of traffic came to a standstill whilst the rescue efforts continued. 

One man in the crowd can be heard saying: ‘There were children as well.’

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, offered his condolences to the families and called for an immediate rescue response.

He said: ‘The loss of lives in a road accident in Kasganj district is extremely heart-wrenching. My condolences are with the bereaved family.

‘District administration officials have been instructed to provide proper free treatment to all the injured. It is a prayer to Lord Shri Ram to grant peace to the departed souls and speedy recovery to the injured.’

Footage of the aftermath of the tragic accident shows people frantically searching the water

Footage of the aftermath of the tragic accident shows people frantically searching the water

Eye witnesses said that the driver of the tractor was travelling at high speeds and lost control

Eye witnesses said that the driver of the tractor was travelling at high speeds and lost control

Officials originally confirmed the death toll at 15 but later in the day it rose to 23

Officials originally confirmed the death toll at 15 but later in the day it rose to 23

He also announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh (£1,903) for the next of kin of the deceased and ₹50,000 (£475) for the injured.

The religious ceremony that the passengers were on their way to is called Magh Purnima.

It is tradition to take a bath in the waters of the Ganges which are considered holy in Hinduism. 



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