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West Bengal: 6 women, kid among 18 killed as hearse hits truck in Nadia

About 20-25 persons were on the pick-up truck and were returning from Bagda in North 24 Parganas Saturday night after cremating a family member.

By: Express News Service | Kolkata |
Updated: November 29, 2021 3:41:59 am
The injured people were shifted to Shaktinagar district hospital. (Representational Photo)

At least 18 people, including six women and a child, were killed and five injured when a pick-up truck carrying a group of people to a funeral site collided with a parked truck in Nadia early on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee condoled the loss of lives. The state and Central governments announced ex-gratia to the victims’ families.

The pick-up truck was also carrying the bier of a woman and was heading to the Nabadwip cremation ground from Chakdah in Hanskhali around 3 am. The stationary truck was laden with stones on a state highway. According to police, the pick-up truck was being driven at a high speed in dense fog.

Twelve people died on the spot, police said. Six others succumbed to their injuries on the way to the hospital or during treatment.

Local people and police shifted the injured to Shaktinagar General Hospital, where doctors, after examining their condition, referred the critical ones to another medical institution in Krishnanagar.

State minister Jyotipriya Mullick visited the spot and extended financial assistance.

The Central and state governments separately announced Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to each family of the deceased, and Rs 50,000 each of the injured.

State minister Ujjawal Biswas handed over cheques to three families in Krishnnagar on Sunday.

Condoling the deaths, Prime Minister tweeted: “Extremely pained by the loss of lives due to a road accident in Nadia, West Bengal. My thoughts are with the bereaved families. May the injured recover at the earliest.”

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Heartbroken to hear about the road accident in Nadia. I offer my deepest condolences to the bereaved families and pray for the speedy recovery of those who were injured. May God give them the strength to get past this difficult time. Government of West Bengal will extend every necessary assistance and support to the kin of the victims. We are beside you in this sad hour.”

Union Home Minister Amit Shah prayed for the well-being and recovery of the families. “The road accident which took place is extremely unfortunate. I express my condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this accident. May God give them the strength to overcome the loss. I wish the speedy recovery of the injured people,” tweeted Shah.

Governor Jagadeep Dhankhar tweeted: “Deeply pained at reported death of 18 people and 5 others injured in Nadia District after the vehicle they were travelling in collided with a truck parked on the side of road. Expect all efforts @MamataOfficial to the family of deceased and injured. Need to promote Road Safety.”

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