Khasi Hills road accident: 16 churchgoers killed in mishap in Meghalaya
At least 16 people were killed and several others injured when a truck carrying churchgoers rammed into a concrete railing at Nongspung village in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district today, the police said.
Shillong: At least 16 people were killed and several others injured when a truck carrying churchgoers rammed into a concrete railing at Nongspung village in Meghalaya's West Khasi Hills district today, the police said.
Meghalaya: 16 killed & over 50 injured as a truck taking 70 people to a nearby church, overturned in West Khasi Hills district, this morning pic.twitter.com/DSRGQVc9Vv
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The incident took place around 8.25 AM when the speeding truck hit the concrete railing, leaving 12 people dead on the spot, senior police officials said.
People on board the truck belonged to Nginiong, Nongbudon and Mawbyrkong villages and were on their way to the Nonglang Synod of Presbyterian church, said Superintendent of Police of West Khasi Hills Sylvester Nongtnger.
"12 people died on the spot while four others succumbed to their injuries in the hospital," the SP said. Most of the injured have been taken to Nongpoing civil hospital, he said.
The victims were changing a punctured tyre of a truck on the highway when the accident happened
The tanker, which was en route to Shilphata in Thane from Gujarat, met with the accident on the city's arterial Ghodbunder Road around 1.30 am
While India accounts for about 1% of motor vehicles globally, it records more than 11% of road traffic deaths