198 migrant laborers killed in road accidents during lockdown: SaveLife Foundation

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NEW DELHI: Road accidents claimed 750 people including 198 migrant workers, who were headed home during the nationwide lockdown between March 25 to May 31. At least 1,461 road crashes took place during the course, as per the data compiled by the SaveLIFE.
Since the lockdown began, nearly 200 migrant workers have lost their lives while walking, cycling back home, traveling in HMVs and LMV commercial vehicles, and in mass fatality crashes involving state-organized buses. One of the recurring reasons for mass casualties in most of the incidents was speeding and driver fatigue due to continuous driving on tenuous routes.
The top 5 states that reported road crash deaths of migrant workers are Uttar Pradesh (94), Madhya Pradesh (38), Bihar (16), Telangana (11) and Maharashtra (9).
Further analysis reveals that around 27% of the victims were migrant workers whereas 5% were essential workers like Police, doctors, and others. 68% of the overall deaths involved pedestrians, two-wheelers and three-wheelers – categorised as Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs).
Out of the four phases of lockdown, phase 4 was the deadliest overall, whereas phase 3 was the deadliest in particular for migrant workers. Phase 3 reported 60% of all migrant deaths in road crashes during lockdown followed by phase 4 with 19% of total migrant deaths reported in the media.
According to media reports tracked, vehicle-on-vehicle collisions constituted the highest crash configuration with 43% of all road crash deaths. In 15% cases, speeding was highlighted as a factor, though it is likely that speeding was involved in most fatal crashes though not highlighted in the media reports tracked. Pedestrian rundowns constituted 9% of the total death toll, indicating the urgent need for design changes to segregate pedestrian traffic from fast moving vehicles.



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