A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in northern India killing 26 people-Zamkuwire - Zamkuwire.com

A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in northern India killing 26 people-Zamkuwire

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A farm tractor is seen fallen in a pond in Ghatampur area of Kanpur, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the state capital of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday, Oct.1, 2022. Twenty-six people, most of them women and children, were killed when a farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overnight overturned and fell into a pond in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo)

A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in northern India, killing 26 people, most of them women and children, officials said Sunday.

The wagon was carrying around 40 people returning from a ceremony at a nearby local Hindu temple Saturday night, said police Superintendent Tej Swaroop Singh. He said most of the deaths were due to drowning.

At least 10 people were injured in the accident in Kanpur city’s Ghatampur area, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) southwest of Uttar Pradesh state’s capital, Lucknow. The injured have been admitted to a hospital.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Victims of a farm tractor accident wail in hospital in Kanpur, 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the state capital of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday, Oct.1, 2022. Twenty-six people, most of them women and children, were killed when a farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overnight overturned and fell into a pond in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo)

Villagers mourn as the bodies of victims of a road accident arrive in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Oct.2, 2022. A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in Kanpur city's Ghatampur area Saturday night killing 26 people, most of them women and children. (AP Photo)Villagers carry the bodies of victims of a road accident in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Oct.2, 2022. A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in Kanpur city's Ghatampur area Saturday night killing 26 people, most of them women and children. (AP Photo)Relatives mourn as villagers gather around the bodies of victims of a road accident in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Oct.2, 2022. A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in Kanpur city's Ghatampur area Saturday night killing 26 people, most of them women and children. (AP Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted condolences Saturday: “Distressed by the tractor-trolley mishap in Kanpur. My thoughts are with all those who have lost their near and dear ones. Prayers with the injured.”

It is the second incident in the last three days when a tractor carrying people overturned, killing at least 12 people.

Uttar Pradesh’s top elected official Yogi Adityanath discouraged the use of farm tractors for passenger transport.

“A tractor-trolley should be used for agricultural work and to transfer goods, not to ferry people,” he said in a statement.

India has some of the highest road death rates in the world, with hundreds of thousands of people killed and injured annually. Most crashes are blamed on reckless driving, poorly maintained roads and aging vehicles.

An injured of a farm tractor accident is being rushed to hospital in Kanpur, 100 kilometers (62 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the state capital of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday, Oct.1, 2022. Twenty-six people, most of them women and children, were killed when a farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overnight overturned and fell into a pond in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo)Injured and survivors of a farm tractor accident are being rushed to hospital in Kanpur, 100 kilometres (62 miles) southwest of Lucknow, the state capital of Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, Sunday, Oct.1, 2022. Twenty-six people, most of them women and children, were killed when a farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overnight overturned and fell into a pond in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Sunday. (AP Photo)Villagers gather around the bodies of victims of a road accident in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh state, India, Sunday, Oct.2, 2022. A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with people overturned and fell into a pond in Kanpur city's Ghatampur area Saturday night killing 26 people, most of them women and children. (AP Photo)

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