30 dead in northeast Indian collision

30 dead in northeast Indian collision

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A cargo truck crashed into two minivans packed with labourers heading to work early Thursday in northeast India’s Assam state, killing 30 people, including 13 children, police said.
Another 25 people were injured, some critically, when the 10-wheeler truck slammed into the oncoming minivans on a highway about 160
kilometesr west of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.
The spot of the accident was in Assam’s western district of Barpeta.
The minivans, which had been carrying workers to a local brick kiln, were smashed under the impact and rolled off into a roadside ditch.
Among the dead were five women. Some had been taking their children which would be looked after during the day.
The truck was on its way to the neighbouring state of West Bengal where the brick kilns are located.
Police said the truck driver has fled, though one of two people who were in the truck’s front is believed to be among the dead.
Villagers arrived first at the scene and started rescue. Local TV broadcasts showed a huge crowd surrounding 30 bodies covered in white
sheets and lined up on a grass field.
Meanwhile, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi ordered a high level probe into the tragic accident and directed the concerned authorities to
strictly enforce speed limit, prevent rash driving, overloading of passengers and goods and proper verification of driving license to
avert such road mishaps in future.
Gogoi announced ex-gratia of Rs 100,000 each to the next of kin of the deceased and suitable assistance to those who sustained grievous and
minor injuries.
He made the announcement after visiting the injured at the Barpeta Medical College and Hospital. – Agencies

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