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11 killed, 17 injured in Vadodara road accident; President, PM express sorrow

According to senior police official RB Brahmbhatt, the accident took place at Waghodia Circle when the mini-truck hit the truck from behind.

SNS | New Delhi |

In a major road accident that took place in Vadodara city, Gujarat on early Wednesday morning, at least 11 people were killed and 16 others injured when a mini-truck in which they were travelling rammed into another truck, said the police.

According to senior police official RB Brahmbhatt, the accident took place at Waghodia Circle when the mini-truck hit the truck from behind. The deceased were from the Surat city and were heading towards Panchmahal district, he said.

One of the trucks was said to be carrying as many as 26 people and was on its way from Bhavnagar to Pavagarh. The casualties were taken to SSG Hospital in Vadodara.

9 of the 11 who died include 5 women, 3 men and a child. The injured are undergoing treatment. The Vadodara Collector and SP took stock of the situation at the accident spot.

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has spoken to the officials on the ground and issued a statement.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed grief over the mishap.

President Ram Nath Kovind tweeted, “Distressed to learn about the loss of lives in a tragic road accident in Vadodara, Gujarat. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families. I wish speedy recovery of the injured.”

In a tweet, PM Modi said, “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.”

Home Minister Amit Shah expressed deep anguish over the loss of lives saying he has spoken to the local administration which is providing all assistance.

Shah tweeted, “Deeply anguished to learn about the loss of lives in a tragic road accident in Vadodara, Gujarat. Have spoken to the local administration they are providing all possible assistance. Condolences with the bereaved families. May injured recover at the earliest.”