At least 11 people were fatally shocked when truck hit the power line at Hindu festival in India

People gather around a wagon that was damaged after a high-voltage power line fell on it and killed at least 11 people, during a procession in a temple festival in the village of Kalimedu
People gather around a carriage that was damaged when it hit a high-voltage power line and killed at least 11 people, during a procession in a temple festival in the village of Kalimedu, Thanjavur district, India on April 27, 2022. This still image was taken from video.

ANI via Reuters


New Delhi Eleven people were electrocuted to death when their truck, decorated like a temple wagon, touched an overhead electric power transmission line during a Hindu festival procession in southern India, police said. Two children were among the dead, reports the news agency Reuters.

New Delhi’s TV channel said the truck, filled with devotees, caught fire from the electric spark.

Reuters says the truck was nine feet high, adding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences to the families of those killed.

Reuters says at least 11 other people were injured, some as they fell from the truck.

The deaths occurred early Wednesday when the temple carriage parade was underway in the Thanjavur district, 210 miles south of Chennai, the state capital, police said. The procession was organized by a local Hindu temple. Other details were not immediately available.

Thanjavur is an important center of South Indian religion, art and architecture. The area is known for its historic temples.

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