9 Farm Labourers Killed as Tractor Falls into Canal

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).

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