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Killed After Truck Skids Off Highway, Falls Into Drain in Gujarat's Bhavnagar

Killed After Truck Skids Off Highway, Falls Into Drain in Gujarat's Bhavnagar

The truck that was carrying wedding guests fell into the drain near Umrala on the Bhavnagar-Rajkot Highway. Senior police officers of the region have rushed to the accident spot, the report added.

The district collector, Harshadkumar Patel, told AFP that "at least 25 persons have lost their lives in the accident".

Trucks are often hired by poor Indian families to carry people to weddings.

Police suspect the driver may have miscalculated and was forced to try and dodge oncoming traffic. Among those dead include Pravin and Prabha Vaghela, parents of the groom; Jasuben, groom's sister and Janiben, groom's grandmother.

"It appears that the driver of the truck was drowsy and lost control leading to the accident". The investigations have been launched into the matter by the concerned authorities.

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.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi took to Twitter to offer his condolences regarding the incident. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani has ordered an inquiry and announced an ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh to the kin of each of the deceased.

The chief minister expressed grief over the incident and prayed for the departed souls, it said.

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