27 killed as truck falls into water channel in Gujarat

Mar 07, 2018, 00:18
27 killed as truck falls into water channel in Gujarat

At least 25 people were killed when a van fell into a drain near in Gujarat's Bhavnagar district on Tuesday.

Police said after the driver lost control, the truck fell into a rivulet, around 20-feet deep.

The truck had around 60 people onboard who were traveling to Botad district for attending a wedding ceremony.

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According to latest available government data, 150,785 people died in road accidents in India in 2016, averaging 413 deaths a day.

The incident took place near Ranghola on Rajkot-Bhavnagar state highway. Other injured victims were rushed to hospital.

The accident happened when a truck skidded and fell into a drain.

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Family members said that the groom, Vijay Vaghela, 23, was driving in a separate auto with his brother at the time of the accident and that they did not tell him about the accident until after the wedding ceremony. The investigations have been launched into the matter by the concerned authorities.

India's high rate of traffic accidents is mostly blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles along with negligent driving. Mr Rupani announced a financial aid of 4 lakh rupees to the families of the deceased.

"The accident was extremely unfortunate and anguishing", Mr Modi posted on Twitter.
"May those who have been injured recover at the earliest", a tweet from the Prime Minister's office said. I pray for the departed souls.

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