A day after the tragic Navsari accident in which nine were killed when a bus collided with an SUV, 10 people died on spot in a similar crash in Rajasthan.
The tragedy, reported from Sikar’s Maji Sahab Ki Dhani on Palsana-Khandela Road, unfolded when the driver of the SUV lost control of the vehicle and fatally hit Birbal (50) and his wife Janaki Devi (45) who were on the two-wheeler, according to police.
The SUV then skidded and collided with an oncoming truck carrying a drilling rig machine, leading to the death of eight occupants of the four-wheeler who were going to Ganesh Dham in Khandela, added the police. The deceased were residents of Samod in Chomu town.
The accident led to a huge pile-on of traffic on the highway. Khandela Station House Officer Sohan Lal reported: “10 people were killed and several got injured in the accident between an SUV and a truck. The SUV also hit a bike.”
The eight SUV occupants who were killed have been identified as Vijay (27), Poonam (26) and her 1.5-year-old daughter Nikku, Anuradha (25), Arvind (23), Rekha (23), Ajay (20), Golu (2.5). The bodies have been kept at a mortuary in Palsana and Khandela, the SHO said. He said locals rushed the injured to a hospital from where they were referred to Sikar for better treatment.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot expressed condolence and wished a speedy recovery to the injured. He said the deaths are unfortunate.
“My deepest sympathies are with the bereaved families of the deceased in this difficult hour. May God give peace to the departed souls and strength to the bereaved family members to bear this loss. Also, praying for the speedy recovery of the injured in the road accident,” Gehlot said in a statement.