Gujarat: Two kids among nine killed in car-truck collision
Two children and seven adults were killed in a road accident after the car in which they were traveling collided with a goods-carrying truck near Indranaj village in Gujarat's Anand district today morning. "Apart from the two children, who were in the age group of three to five years, two women also died in the accident," the police said.
Bodies of all victims pulled out of the mangled car
Police also revised down the number of victims of the accident, which took place on a state highway connecting Tarapur (in Anand district) to Vataman (in Ahmedabad district), to nine from 10, which they had previously said. "The bodies of all the victims have been pulled out of the mangled car," the officials had said.
'Weren't initially sure about number of bodies on front seat'
"The front seat of the car was badly mangled, and we were initially not sure about the number of bodies on the front seat," Deputy Superintendent of Police Bhartiben Pandya said. "When media persons asked, someone said the number of the victims to be 10. However, the count of the deceased was later confirmed to be nine," she said.
Victims were on their way back home from Maharashtra
"The victims, who have been identified, were from Bhavnagar in Gujarat's Saurashtra region," she said. "They were from Vartej and were on their way back home from Maharashtra. We have sent their bodies for post-mortem," she added. "The accident took place on the state highway when the car was hit by a loaded truck," said Superintendent of Police of Anand district, Ajit Rajiyan.
The accused truck driver has also been identified
"Nine persons were killed in the accident. We have identified the victims and the accused (driver of the truck). The deceased were on their way to Saurashtra, while the truck was going in the opposite direction, from Morbi in Saurashtra toward south Gujarat," he said.
CM Rupani and Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Union Home Minister Amit Shah expressed grief over the incident. Rupani assured that the family members of the victims will be given proper assistance, the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) said in a statement. In a tweet, Shah prayed for peace for the departed souls, and also expressed condolences to the bereaved family members.