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12 killed as van hits truck in UP

12 killed as van hits truck in UP
Lakhimpur Kheri: A speeding van carrying 16 passengers rammed into a stationary truck in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh early on Saturday morning, killing 12 people and injuring four, police said. The incident took place on National Highway 24 in Lakhimpur Kheri district's Uchaulia area, 155km from state capital Lucknow, S Channappa, superintendent of police (SP) , said.
The overloaded Tata Magic van, on its way to Sitapur from Shahjahanpur district, hit the truck from the rear side near a roadside eatery, Nine people, including the van's driver Anup Awasthi (25) and helper Kishan (23) died on the spot, he said.
Three of the seven injured, who were rushed to a hospital in Shahjahanpur, succumbed to their injuries later, the police said.
Deputy SP Vijay Anand said two children, aged three months and one year, had a miraculous escape. The driver lost control of the van running in high speed leading to the accident, Anand said, adding that efforts were on to identify the other deceased.
State Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the deaths in the accident and directed the officials concerned to initiate steps for ensuring all possible help and proper treatment to the injured. On Thursday, 13 children on their way to school were killed when a train rammed into their van at an unmanned railway crossing in Kushinagar district of the state.

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