18 workers killed as truck overturns in India

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In a terrible incident which surfaced from Maharashtra, at least 17 people were killed and over 15 are severely injured after the truck they were travelling in hit a barricade on Pune-Satara highway near Khandala on Tuesday morning. Hande said the accident took place near the Khambatki tunnel.

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The workers, said to hail from Vijayapura district of Karnataka, were coming for work in Shirwal MIDC in Pune district when the accident occurred at Satara's Khandala tehsil. Reports said that the driver lost control of the vehicle while taking a unsafe turn at a hard shaped road near Khandala tunnel.

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The truck was carrying construction labourers from Bijapur and was headed towards Pune when it met with the accident around 4:30 am on Mumbai-Bengaluru highway. When the vehicle overturned, the equipment and tools fell on them, with numerous getting injured in the process. We will verify the driver's behaviour. The condition of three of the injured labourers was reported to be critical, a police official said.

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"This might have resulted in his losing control of the vehicle and ramming into the road divider which led to the vehicle turning turtle", Satara's District Superintendent of Police Sandeep Patil said. This stretch of the ghat is treacherous for the vehicle drivers. More than 20 people were injured in the incident. Later nine people lost their lives when a driver lost control of a container and it fell on an SUV.

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