In a tragic accident, 14 persons were killed and three others injured when the mini truck in which they were travelling collided with a truck near Valthera village in Dholka taluka of Amedabad late on Friday night. Koth police said the accident took place at around 11:30 pm on Friday. The mini truck and the truck collided head on near the approach road of Valthera village on Bagodara-Kheda highway.
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“The two vehicles collided head on as one of the drivers erred in judgement while trying to overtake some another vehicle. Of the 17 persons travelling in the mini truck, 14 were killed on the spot as the truck loaded with ceramic tiles hit the smaller vehicle with high impact. The deceased belong to three families from Sokhda village near Rajkot,” Dholka circle police inspector Smitesh Solanki told The Indian Express.
Police said that the deceased included two teenager boys. The three injured were first rushed to government hospital in Dholka and from there, they were referred to civil hospital in Ahmedabad for further treatment.
“The victims were on their way back home after having darshan of goddess Kali at Pavagadh in the Panchmahals district. The truck loaded with ceramic tiles was headed to Andhra Pradesh from Wankaner in Morbi district,” Solanki further said.
Education Minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, who is an MLA from Dholka Assembly constituency, also rushed to hospital and instructed authorities to ensure all possible treatment to the injured.
Police said that the truck driver ran away after the accident. “At the moment, three injured persons who are eyewitnesses, are not in a position to give statements. Therefore, we don’t know exactly how did the accident take place and as to who is responsible,” CPI Solanki, who is investigating the case, added.
On the basis of a complaint filed by one Jitesh Premjibhai, one of the three injured persons, Koth police have booked an unidentified driver of the truck for causing death by negligence and rash driving.