20 killed after truck falls into drain in Gujarat's Bhavnagar

07 March, 2018, 00:20 | Author: Homer Porter
  • PM condoles deaths in Gujarat accident

A truck carrying a wedding party plunged off a bridge early Tuesday in western India killing at least 25 people, majority women and children, according to Al Arabiya.

"The truck fell into the pit when its driver tried to overtake another vehicle on the bridge in the morning hours".

According to information, the truck was carrying a marriage party, who was about to attend Pravinbhai Vaghela's son wedding.

About 50 people were said to be travelling in the truck at the time of the accident.

The injured persons are being rushed to the hospitals in Gujarat's Botad and Bhavnagar for treatment, the police said.

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Police told local media that the driver lost control and the bus fell 9 metres into a drain. Among those dead include Pravin and Prabha Vaghela, parents of the groom; Jasuben, groom's sister and Janiben, groom's grandmother.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered a probe into the accident.

"My condolences to all those who lost their loved ones due to an accident near Ranghola in Gujarat".

PL Mal, the police superintendent where the accident occurred in Gujarat state, told The Indian Express newspaper that the driver appeared to have lost control because he was exhausted.

Authorities have announced financial aid of 400 000 rupees ($6 148) to the family of each of the deceased.

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