Lucknow | Jagran News Desk: In a saddening news, at least 14 people, including six children, were killed in the wee hours of Friday in Uttar Pradesh's Pratapgarh after a vehicle in which they were travelling collided with a truck on Prayagraj-Lucknow highway near the Deshraj Inara village.

According to a report by news agency ANI, the accident took place at a spot on the Prayagraj-Lucknow highway that falls under the jurisdiction of Manikpur police station. The police have informed that most of the children who died were in the age group of 7 to 15. The eight others were all men aged between 20 and 60.

Following the tragic road accident, UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and directed the state officials to reach the spot and provide all possible assistance to the victims, said the chief minister's office (CMO) in a statement.

Adityanath has also announced a compensation of Rs 2 lakhs each to next of the kin of the deceased, who lost their lives in the Pratapgarh road accident.

Meanwhile, the police have informed that the victims were residents of Kunda district and were reportedly returning to their home after a marriage party from Nababganj, adding that the bodies will be sent for post-mortem examination on Friday.

Speaking about how the accident took place, the police informed that the truck was parked at the highway due to a punctured tyre when the car crashed into it, leading to the death of 14 people. The driver of the car had reportedly fell asleep which led to the accident.

The police also said that it had to use gas cutters to retrieve the bodies from the vehicle that had turned into a mangled heap of iron. It took more than three hours to get the bodies out.

"We have spoken to the families of the victims and the heads of their villages and assured them all possible help," NDTV quoted Pratapgarh Additional Superintendent of Police (SP), Anurag Arya, as saying.

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