Assam: 12 dead, 25 injured as bus collides with truck in Dergaon

The accident took place at around 5 a.m. in the Balijan area near Dergaon.

GUWAHATI-   At least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured after a bus collided with a truck at Dergaon in Assam’s Golaghat district on Wednesday, police said. The accident took place at around 5 a.m. in the Balijan area near Dergaon.

Golaghat SP Rajen Singh said: “All the deceased and injured persons were travelling by the bus which was heading towards Tilanga Mandir from the Kambandha area of the district. It suffered a major collision with the truck which was coming from the opposite direction.”

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According to the police, 10 people died on the spot and the remaining two succumbed to their injuries at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital.

Police said there were 49 passengers in the bus and the deceased included two children and two women. Conditions of some of the injured are said to be critical.

The bus was boarded by picknickers who were on their way to the Tilinga Mandir in Tinsukia district, when it was hit by a speeding truck, which was oncoming from the opposite direction and that too in the wrong lane.

Prima facie it appears that the accident occured as the truck was coming in the wrong lane, but the police as well as the district administration are also exploring other angles into the accident.

Chief Minister Himnata Biswa Sarma condoled the deaths in the incident and said the officials in the district were on the spot and were assisting the victims.

Transport Minister Parimal Suklabaidya said preliminary investigation suggested that the bus was at high speed. The truck was dragged away from the highway by the speeding bus, he said. A diversion was created for expansion of the highway where the mishap took place. “Those found guilty for the accident will be punished,” he said.

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Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) Nitin Gadkari also condoled the loss of lives and prayed for speedy recovery of the injured.

” Heartfelt condolences to the families affected by the tragic road mishap in Golaghat, Assam. My thoughts are with the bereaved families during this challenging time. Wishing a swift recovery to the injured,” the Union Minister posted on X.


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