30 killed as wedding party truck overturns in India

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30 killed as wedding party truck overturns in India
Onlookers gather around the debris of a truck that plunged off a bridge in Bhavnagar district, about 200km from Ahmedabad in India's western Gujarat state.
Onlookers gather around the debris of a truck that plunged off a bridge in Bhavnagar district, about 200km from Ahmedabad in India’s western Gujarat state.

(AFP) – A truck carrying a wedding party plunged off a bridge in western India early Tuesday killing at least 30 people, mostly women and children, officials said.

Police in Gujarat state said the accident happened after the truck driver tried to overtake a van but lost control of the vehicle, plunging eight metres (26 feet) into a dry riverbed.

Images from the scene showed bloodied passengers being assisted by bystanders as the dead were covered with sheets.

Many passengers were trapped under the vehicle that overturned after it crashed through the bridge railing and nosedived into the ground.

A M Sayyed, local deputy superintendent of police, said the initial death toll rose after five passengers died from their injuries in hospital.

Nearly 60 people were travelling in the open truck and most victims were women and children, local police officer K J Kadapda told AFP.

Many of the injured were in critical condition and officials fear the death toll could rise further.

The accident happened in Bhavnagar district about 200 kilometres (125 miles) from the state capital Ahmedabad.

Authorities have announced financial aid of 400,000 rupees (US$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 crashes blamed on poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.

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