A truck driver in India was killed after he was accidentally hit by a loaded truck Wednesday.
Krushna Gondane, 39, of Narkhed in Nagpur district, parked his truck on Alapalli-Ashti road and got off his vehicle to check his tires when he was struck and crushed by another truck coming from the Surjagarh mines, The Times of India reported.
No other details about the incident were disclosed, including whether the driver of the other truck is facing charges in the death of Gondane.
Another accident occurred on the same stretch later in the evening when a biker skidded and sustained injuries, according to the outlet.
Three more bikers got injured similarly on Tuesday, unnamed sources with knowledge of the incident told the Times of India.
Anti-graft activist Vijay Kharwade, who is also the district president of Bhrastachar Virodhi Jan Andolan Nyas’ Gadchiroli wing, said that a demonstration has been scheduled for Dec. 5 to protest against the heavy truck movement. The trucks, which are said to be transporting iron ore, are causing damage to the roads and accidents as well as producing dust pollution.
“The mining companies are sprinkling water so that the dust settles on the road. This has resulted in slush forming on the road on which the bikers are losing control,” said Kharwade, before pointing out how the district administration is ignoring the problem.
“We want the administration to first create good roads strong enough to bear the load of the trucks and then allow mining to resume,” he added.
Kharwade also shared that a bigger commotion would happen in the coming days against the trucks.
“Even ambulances are stopped by private security guards of the mining company between Etapalli-Alapalli and Ashti to facilitate the movement of mining trucks,” said Kharwade.
Superintendent of police Neelotpal said the accidents were freak ones, according to the outlet.
“The water sprinkling started only after the villagers demanded it,” he said.
In another incident Wednesday, a man riding a bike died after allegedly being hit by a truck in outer Delhi’s Mangolpuri area, The Print reported, citing police.
The deceased was identified as Pradeep Kumar, 30, from Budh Vihar.
Police received information regarding the accident at the Mangolpuri police station at 1:28 a.m. They found Kumar unconscious on Kanjhawala Road with his damaged bike nearby.
He was rushed to Sanjay Gandhi Memorial hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival by the doctors, a senior police officer said.
Police received information that a Delhi Jal board truck, which was believed to be the vehicle involved in the accident, was intercepted near the ordinance depot. The driver fled from the scene, and the vehicle was seized.
A case was registered under section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304 A (death due to negligence) of the India Penal Code at the Mangolpuri police station, police said.
As of this writing, the investigation is ongoing. All the cameras installed in and around the area are being checked to determine the sequence of events.