17 people were injured and 10 were killed on the spot when their truck crashed into a goods trailer. The accident took place at Waghodia circle when the mini-truck hit the other vehicle from behind, senior police official R B Brahmbhatt said.
The 10 people who died were from Surat city and they were heading towards Panchmahal district, he said.
The deceased, mostly diamond workers, were traveling in the truck from Surat to Pavagadh, police said. The accident occurred at Waghodia crossroad when the driver of the truck supposedly fell asleep. According to police officials, all deceased and injured belong to the same extended family and were traveling together to visit temples in Pavagadh and Dakor.
“The accident occurred around 3 am. There were about 26 persons, including a 5-year-old child, traveling in the mini truck. They were all related to each other and from the Varachcha area of Surat. They had planned to visit Pavagadh temple and then proceed to Dakor. Of the injured, ten persons died after being brought to SSG hospital for treatment. About 17 others are under treatment. We are trying to gather more details from those who are in the position to talk. We primarily know that the mini truck rammed into the trailer that was moving ahead of it,” Karanrajsinh Vaghela, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 3 said.
Shalini Agarwal (Vadodara District Collector) and top police officials as well as the Medical Superintendent of SSG Dr. Ranjan Aiyer reached the hospital to review the situation of the injured. It has come to know that the Truck was registered in Gujarat while the trailer was registered in Karnataka
“PM Modi shared his condolences to the family of the dead in a tweet saying “
“Saddened by the accident in Vadodara. My thoughts are with those who lost their loved ones. Praying that the injured recover soon. The administration is providing all possible assistance at the site of the accident”. He tweeted this at 10.36 am to be precise.
” BJP National President JP Nadda also reacted to the incident and tweeted “
“Deeply saddened to hear about the Vadodara accident. My condolences to the bereaved families and prayers for the speedy recovery of those injured. In this hour of grief, @BJP4Gujarat and State government are standing with the affected families.”`