Nine agricultural labourers were killed and more than 15 received injuries when the tractor carrying them fell into the AMR canal in this district early morning today.
According to the police, the accident occurred near Vaddipatla in PA Pally Mandal. The tractor, which was carrying over 30 farm labourers, fell into the AMR canal, as the driver lost control of the vehicle. Local people who rushed to the accident site, took up rescue and relief operations, apart from alerting the police. Police and locals rescued 19 persons, besides pulling out some bodies. Five of the injured persons were rushed to the Devarakonda Hospital for treatment. Police and swimmers are making efforts to rescue if any other persons are swept away by the water or stuck beneath the tractor.
Police are suspecting that negligence of the driver resulted in the tragedy. Some survivors are reportedly said that the driver was drowsy. The workers were going from the thanda in Vaddipatla to Pulicharla to work in the mirchi fields.
The deceased are identified as Ramavath Sona (70), Ramavath Jeja (65), Jarukula Dwali (30), Ramavath Keli (50), Ramavath Kamsli (50), Banavath Beri (55), Ramavath Bharathi (35), AND Ramavath Sunitha (30).