21 killed in mishap in Vadodara
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Last Updated: Friday, October 28, 2011, 16:35
Ahmedabad: Twenty-one people, including 11 women were killed, while over 20 others were injured in a head-on collision between a speeding truck and a tractor in Panchmahal district here on Friday.

The incident occurred near Veganpur village of Godhra taluka after midnight when a tractor trolley carrying devotees returning from a religious function, was hit by a truck with a Madhya Pradesh state registration, coming from the opposite direction, police said.

While 18 people died on the spot after being crushed under the trolley, one person died at the Godhra civil hospital and two others succumbed to their injuries at the SSG Hospital in Vadodara.

Over 20 persons injured in the incident are undergoing treatment at Godhra civil hospital and SSG hospital in Vadodara city, police said, adding all the bodies have been sent for post-mortem at the Godhra civil hospital.

The victims were returning to their native village Malukatu in Godhra after visiting a nearby temple when the mishap occurred, police said.

A case has been registered against the driver of the truck who is absconding, they said.

The Gujarat government has announced a compensation of Rs one lakh for the family of those killed in the mishap, officials in the Chief Minister's office said.

Upto Rs 50,000 would be give to those who were injured and were treated at private hospitals, they said, adding that for those admitted to government hospitals treatment would be free of charge.


First Published: Friday, October 28, 2011, 14:13

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