21 Wedding Guests Die In Road Accident
A group has been thrown into mourning on a day its members are supposed to merry.
Some 21 members of a group on their way to a wedding in India died in a road accident.
Police on Wednesday said the group members were travelling to a wedding in central India but the small truck in which they were travelling fell off a bridge into a dry river bed.
Senior administration official Dilip Kumar said at least 29 others were injured in the accident that happened on Tuesday evening in Madhya Pradesh state’s Sidhi district.
Kumar said the victims, mostly family and friends of the groom, were travelling to the wedding in Pamaria village when their mini-truck swerved off the Jogdaha bridge and fell about 50 to 60 feet down into the Sone river bed.
Madhya Pradesh, the Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan, has announced aid of 200,000 rupees (about $3,044) each for the kin of the deceased and 50,000 rupees each to the injured.
Tens of thousands of people are killed in road crashes in India every year according to reports.
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The accidents are mostly blamed on poorly maintained roads and vehicles or negligent driving.