Police said that the truck driver lost control while trying to avoid collision with another vehicle and hit a electric pole and ran over roadside vendors at the busy Putalapatu-Naidupet junction.
People from some villages had come to the police station to complain about illegal sand mining from Swarnamukhi river. The truck was coming from Srikalahasti.
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Police from Chittoor said as per the preliminary information, the truck was carrying heavy load of crushed stones and travelling at high speed, hence lost control and ran over at least 20 persons. The driver and cleaner of the truck have been arrested.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Medical Services Kamineni Srinivas directed the district officials to extend all support to the victims and provide all the necessary medical treatment for the injured. The incident took place outside a police station in Yerpedu, about 25 kilometres from the temple town of Tirupati. Both the bodies and the injured victims were shifted to the government and other hospitals in Tirupati and Srikalahasti in Chittoor district.
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The number of casualties could go up as several of the injured are critical.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has announced compensation of 500,000 rupees ($7,739;£6,048) to the families of those killed in the incident. Several of the injured were admitted at the Ruia Hospital at Tirupati with serious injuries, according to local media reports.
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