At least five children were killed and four others injured when a truck overturned and fell over their homes at Dubagga road in Lucknow.
The tragedy took place early morning when the driver of the truck, which was loaded with sand, lost control over his vehicle.
The children were sleeping on the pavement outside their homes.
"A truck loaded with sand was negotiating a curve this morning at around 5:30 am. The road on the right side was weak because of which it caved in due to the truck's weight. It lost its balance and fell over two houses. Some people were sleeping outside. Some have died while others are injured," said Superintendent of Police (SP) Sarvesh Kumar.
One of the grief-stricken family members of the victims said they had earlier warned the truck drivers passing through this route, but the driver this time insisted that the vehicle would pass through.
"We told them before also that the road is in a bad condition. A night before three trucks passed through this route, which further damaged the road. We told the driver not to take the turn, but he insisted there will be no problem," said the mother of the deceased children.