In a major accident in Rajasthan's Pratapgarh area, as many as 13 people were killed and 15 others suffered severe injuries after a truck mowed down a wedding possession late on Monday night.
The accident occurred at Pratapgarh-Jaipur Highway in Ambawali village of the district, around 417 kilometres from state capital Jaipur.
The people, who live in houses along the highway, were walking on the side of the road as part of ''bindoli,'' a marriage procession, when the accident took place, according to family sources. Nine people died on spot and four died on the way to a hospital. Fifteen people, including the bride, have suffered injuries and have been referred to hospital.
"They live in houses along the highway and were walking on the side of the road as part of bindoli, a marriage procession when the tragic incident took place. Nine people died on spot, four succumbed to their injuries on the way to a hospital. 15 others have suffered injuries and have been referred to a nearby hospital," said Anil Kumar Beniwal, SP Pratapagrh on the incident.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore took to Twitter on Monday night to express condolences to the families of the deceased and raised concern over the increasing road accidents around the state.
I have been aware of the news of the road accident in Pratapgarh, Rajasthan, which took many innocents lives. My condolences are there towards the afflicted families. The administration has been issued necessary guidelines to treat the injured. Pray to God to provide peace to the departed souls," reads Col Rathore's tweet.
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot also took to social media to express sadness over the tragic accident. In his tweet, he expressed condolences to the deceased and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.
(With ANI inputs)