Two men were crushed to death when boulders fell on their truck in Pithoragarh district on Monday evening, officials said.
Driver Naveen Kumar (25) and cleaner Suraj Kumar (20), who were killed, hailed from Champawat district. district officials said.
Tushar Saini, sub-divisional magistrate Pithoragarh said the incident occurred close Gurna temple on Pithoragarh-Tanakpur street, on which street widening work is occurring. The truck was once going from Pithoragarh to Tanakpur, he said.
Saini said after they were informed approximately the incident, the State Catastrophe Response Force (SDRF) team was once called for search and rescue operations.
With much difficulty the SDRF team managed to take out the bodies from the debris, he said. The bodies were then handed over to the native police.
Saini said though the street widening work remains closed between 8 am to 3.30 pm each day, the danger of boulder fall or shooting stones still remains. “We have been cautioning vehicle operators on this street stretch approximately the potential of boulder fall,” he said.