Speeding truck kills 5 in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Jan 12 (IANS) Five persons were mowed down by a speeding truck in Uttar Pradeh’s Lakhimpur Kheri district, police said on Thursday.

The accident occurred late Wednesday night when the truck driver lost control and rammed into a roadside shelter where people were sleeping.

While the victims were killed on the spot, several others were injured seriously in the mishap, the police said.

Angry villagers blocked traffic on Thursday morning to protest against the accident.

This is the third such incident in less than a week in the state.

On Tuesday, a truck ran over two pedestrians in Lucknow while a drunk youth, son of a former Samajwadi Party legislator killed five labourers sleeping in a night shelter.