Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

Bhavnagar accident: Gujarat CM announces compensation

Bus accident in Rajkot Bhavnagar state highway- File Bhavnagar accident: Gujarat CM announces compensation
Samantha Long | 07 March, 2018, 00:14

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

Bhavnagar SP Sayed said: "The truck fell into a pit when its driver tried to overtake another vehicle".

A truck carrying 60 people from a marriage party overturned and fell into a drain on Rajkot-Bhavnagar highway.

Local police officials said the accident took place around 7.30 a.m. local time (0200GMT) near the Ranghola area of Bhavnagar district.

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

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The injured were rushed to hospitals in nearby Timbi village and Bhavnagar city.

Those killed included the groom's parents, besides two dozen others heading to the wedding party.

Authorities say the truck skidded off an expressway on Tuesday in Gujarat state in western India.

India has among the most risky roads in the world, with 150,000 traffic-related deaths in 2016, according to the most recent government statistics.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered a probe into the accident. "May those who have been injured recover at the earliest", he was quoted as saying in a tweet by the prime minister's office. I pray for the departed souls.

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