At least 28 people, including 13 children, were killed and 10 others injured when the two mini buses they were travelling in were hit by a truck on National Highway 35 in lower Assam's Barpeta district in the wee hours today.
The two buses were going one behind the other when the truck from West Bengal rammed into first bus which was then hit from the rear side by the second at Doholapara, under Sorbhog Police Station, at about 4.30 AM, police said.
Both the buses overturned and 28 people died on the spot and 10 were injured.
Many of the victims were going with families from Kholkholi in Dhubri district in the two mini buses to work in two brick kilns at Rangia in Kamrup district, police said.
The injured were admitted to Barpeta Medical College Hospital and Bongaigaon Civil Hospital.
Barpeta district administration has contacted its counterpart in Dhubri to inform the families of the deceased, they said.
The driver of the truck was absconding, they added.