At least 13 farm workers were electrocuted when a tractor-trolley in which they were travelling hit an electricity pole and a live wire fell on them near Machavaram village in Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, police said.
Officials said around 30 chilli field workers were returning to their homes on the tractor-trolley when the driver lost control and hit an electricity. The impact caused a live high-tension wire to fall on the tractor, electrocuting at least nine women and four men. The others sustained burn injuries.
Prakasam SP Siddharth Kaushal said the tractor ferrying the farm workers to a nearby village of Raparla hit the pole at a bend in the road.
Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy expressed dismay and ordered the district collector to ensure treatment for the injured and asked his cabinet colleagues from the district to visit the families of the deceased and injured, a press release said. He also ordered Rs 5 lakh as ex-gratia to the kin of the deceased.
Governor Biswa Bhusan Harichandan also expressed his dismay and offered his condolences. —ENS & PTI