Shimla: At least 37 people are feared dead and 25 others injured when a truck carrying about 65 people lost control on a straight road stretch at Hatnala under Balh police station and fell into a nallah in Mandi district, today.
The truck was going from Shadyani village (about 30 Km form Mandi) to Gorkutta village when the accident occurred at 5 p.m., said a police official.
Thakur Dass Patwai of Shadyani village had thrown a Dham for the birthday of his grandson and the truck was carrying people home after the party.
Speaking from the accident site, Bhadur Singh, SHO Balh police station over phone said that the truck was ferrying people who after participating in a birthday party were headed home.
â€œAt least 37 people have been killed in the accident. The dead include 21 women, 9 men and 7 children,” said Bhadur Singh.
He said that preliminary investigation indicated negligent driving by the truck driver.
Senior administrative officers and medical teams had reached the spot and rescue and relief operations were being carried.
For details contact the disaster control room at 01905 -1077
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