At dawn, a loud bang in the Sadikpur Semraha village awakened the neighbourhood.
People rushed out to find Shiv Pratap Lodhi's house on the Manjhanpur-Prayagraj road had been bulldozed to the ground. Not just the family, but even the cattle lay dead.
Lodhi, his wife Shivkali and grandchildren Ajay and Parni died in their sleep mowed down by the vehicle, villagers told police, as they handed over the driver, who was badly beaten up.
Villagers have jammed traffic on the highway.
(With inputs from agencies.)