At least 26 were killed and several others were injured when a truck carrying a marriage party fell off a bridge near Ranghola village of Bhavnagar district Rajkot-Bhavnagar state highway early on Tuesday morning. Police said the marriage party was on their way from Anida village of Palitana taluka of Bhavnagar to Tatam village in Gadhda taluka of neighbouring Botad district. However, the truck in which the party was travelling fell off a bridge near Ranghola at around 7:30 pm.
“As least 26 persons have been confirmed dead so far. While 25 of them died on the spot, one of the injured succumbed died on way to hospital. We do not know as yet the exact number of injured but according to primary information, more than 50 persons were travelling in the truck,” superintendent of police of Bhavnagar district, PL Mal told The Indian Express.
Bhavnagar district collector Harshad Patel said the injured had been rushed to hospitals in nearby Timbi village and Bhavnagar city.
“Prima facie, the driver of the truck lost control due to drowsiness, leading to the accident,” Mal further said.
Police said after the driver lost control, the truck fell into a rivulet, around 20-feet deep.