26 dead, 12 injured in road accident

The Hush Post: A wedding party turned into a nightmare this morning in Bhavnagar (Gujarat) when at least 26 people died when the truck carrying the revellers fell into a drain. Most of the victims are women and children.

More than a dozen people were injured and they were rushed to the hospital. Rescue teams had to use cranes to lift the victims. A fire brigade was also pressed into the rescue operations. Officials fear that the death toll may rise as many passengers were trapped under the truck which had overturned.

The truck was carrying a wedding party of around 60 people. It toppled into a drain near Umrala on the Bhavnagar-Rajkot Highway. Initial investigations indicated the driver lost control causing the truck to swerve off the bridge and fall eight metres onto a dry riverbed.

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