26 killed as truck falls into pit in Gujarat

Bhavnagar truck

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 police's SK Desai said the truck veered off the bridge and fell "about 25 feet" (7.5 metres) into the dry riverbed below.

Police said the truck was carrying a marriage party and the accident took place near Ranghola on Rajkot-Bhavnagar highway.

Trucks are often hired by poor Indian families to carry people to weddings. Senior police officers of the region have rushed to the accident spot, the report added.

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The accident happened in Bhavnagar district, about 200 kilometers from the state capital Ahmedabad. "The injured people have been shifted to a hospital in Bhavnagar", Jadeja said.

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.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani's office (CMO) has ordered the district authorities and administration to furnish the details about the incident and the ongoing rescue operation. "May those who have been injured recover at the earliest", read his official Twitter handle.

The chief minister also announced that the cost of treatment of all those injured would be borne by the state government.

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