30 killed as wedding party truck overturns in India

2018-03-06 20:23
Onlookers gather around the bodies of passengers who had been travelling in a truck that plunged off a bridge in Bhavnagar district, about 200km from Ahmedabad in India's western Gujarat state. (AFP)

Onlookers gather around the bodies of passengers who had been travelling in a truck that plunged off a bridge in Bhavnagar district, about 200km from Ahmedabad in India's western Gujarat state. (AFP)

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Ahmedabad – A truck carrying a wedding party plunged off a bridge early on Tuesday in western India killing at least 30 people, most of them women and children, officials said.

Initial investigations indicated the driver lost control causing the truck to swerve off the bridge and fall 8m onto a dry riverbed in Gujarat state, police said.

"Around 60 persons were travelling in the truck and most victims are women and children," Gujarat police inspector K.J. Kadapda told AFP.

Officials indicated the toll could rise as many of the passengers, who were on their way to a wedding, remained trapped under the truck which overturned. Other injured victims have been rushed to hospital.

The accident happened in Bhavnagar district, about 200km from the state capital Ahmedabad.

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

India has some of the world's deadliest roads.

More than 150 000 people are killed each year with most accidents blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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