26 wedding guests killed in truck accident in western India

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Police said 26 wedding guests were killed and a dozen others injured Tuesday when a truck drove off a bridge into a dry riverbed in India's western Gujarat state.

Bhavnagar district collector Harshad Patel said the injured had been rushed to hospitals in nearby Timbi village and Bhavnagar city.

Reports suggest that the truck that fell into the drain was loaded with over 60 people who were returning back to their homes after attending a marriage function. According to the police, the driver of the truck seems to have dozed off.

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The truck fell into a drain in Bhavnagar on Tuesday morning. "I was talking to my relatives, when suddenly the truck became shaky - it felt as if someone had thrown me from a great height".

Authorities have announced financial aid of 400 000 rupees ($6 148) to the family of each of the deceased.

India has one of the world's highest annual figures for traffic fatalities.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted about it and shared, "My PM Narendra Modi tweeted his condolences over the accident.to all those who lost their loved ones due to an accident near Ranghola in Gujarat".

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani ordered a probe into the accident.

The chief minister expressed grief over the incident and prayed for the departed souls, it said.

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