Faizabad, June 6 (PTI) Eight people, including four women and a two-year-old child, were charred to death as the Bolero in which they were travelling caught fire after being hit by a speeding truck coming from the opposite direction on FaizabadLucknow national highway, a senior police official said here today. Seven of the jeep”s occupants, all of whom were killed on the spot, belonged to the same family while the other person who died in the mishap was its driver, Faizabad SP RKS Rathore said.
The accident occurred on the intervening night of Saturday/Sunday when Azizullah, a trader belong to Basti district, was going to Amausi airport in Lucknow to receive his son coming from Dubai after four years, Rathore said. The flight timing was early morning so the family was rushing for the airport.
Immediately after it was hit by the truck, there was a short circuit in the Bolero jeep and it burst into flamwes. Within no time the fire engulfed the whole jeep, killing all its occupants, the police official said.
A search has been launched to nab the truck driver who is absconding, he said.