Eight people, including four women, were killed and 15 others injured seriously after a truck allegedly hit their vehicle in Morbi district of Gujarat on Monday, police said.
The incident occurred early on Monday when the victims, all pilgrims, were having tea at a roadside stall on Morbi-Kutch highway near Maliya Miyana town in Morbi, said police.
According to police, the pilgrims were headed to ‘Mata No Madh’ in Kutch district in two auto-rickshaws. When they halted near Maliya Miyana, on the border of Morbi and Kutch, for a tea break, a speeding truck hit both the rickshaws from behind.
“Five people were killed on the spot, while two succumbed to their injuries in Morbi civil hospital and one in Rajkot civil hospital,” G R Gadhvi of Maliya Milayan police station said.
The deceased were identified as Hiruben Chauhan (60), Kalpesh Koli (15), Kankuben Rathod (45), Vijay Rathod (15), Mamta Chauhan (16), Mukesh Shipra (40), Raju Balgujar (25) and Urmila Parmar (30), he said.
“A complaint has been registered against the truck driver, who is absconding,” Gadhavi added.