As many as 29 pilgrims, including nine women and three children, were killed and 37 grievously hurt in a collision between a canter and a truck on the Rajgarh-Hisar road near Sainiwas village, about 60 km from the district headquarters of Bhiwani on Monday morning.
The accident took place around 7:15am when a recklessly driven overloaded Tata-407,with a double deck to accommodate a large number of passengers, rammed a truck while trying to overtake another vehicle.
Reports said that most pilgrims were asleep which increased the number of fatality since over 20 persons died on the spot while others succumbed to their injuries on way to hospital.
Police officials said that as many as 78 persons, most hailing from Sisarhato village near Kalayat in Kaithal district, were returning home after a pilgrimage at Amarpura Dhaam in the Amarpura village in a bordering district of Rajasthan.
Nearby villagers rushed to the spot and helped police to rescue the injured and take out bodies of the victims from the mangled vehicle.
As many as 25 persons were admitted to Hisar civil hospital, one in Jindal hospital, six in Satnaam hospital, and three in Shiwani hospital while three serious injured were referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Science, Rohtak, where one was declared dead.
The bodies of 24 victims were sent to Bhiwani general hospital whiles five others to Hisar general hospital. Two of the dead hailed from Punjab, two from Kiryali village in Hisar, two from Saisar in Kaithal and remaining from village Kalayat.
Deepak Kumar, a kin of a deceased Mahipal, told HT that his dead brother was the only bread-winner of the family.
"The canter was carrying members of several families of Kalayat along with their relatives. They had left Kalayat on a pilgrimage on Saturday night," he added.
SP B Satheesh Balan blamed the deceased canter driver for overspeeding and the blind road turn for the mishap.
On June 25, eight persons, including six of a family, were killed and as many injured when a pick-up van rammed a stationary dumper near Samaspur village in Bhiwani.
Haryana public health minister Kiran Chaudhary, chief parliamentary secretary Ram Kishan Singh Fauji, CPS Dharambir Singh and Bhiwani MLA Ghanshyam Sharraf visited the district general hospital and condoled the deaths.