At least 13 people were killed and 18 others were injured after a speeding truck rammed into a marriage procession in Pratapgarh district of Rajasthan, police said on Tuesday, adding four of the deceased included children. The accident took plcae late on Monday ear Ramdev temple on State Highway-113, when the truck, going to Banswara from Nimbahera, rammed into the marriage party moving on the roadside, Choti Sadri DSP Vijaypal Singh Sandhu said.
Expressing grief over the incident, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot took to social media and tweeted, "My heartfelt condolences to the grieved families. I pray for speedy recovery of injured people (sic)."
He said the injured were rushed to a government hospital in Choti Sadri and later on 15 of them, who were critically hurt, were referred to a facilities in Udaipur.
According to the police, nine of the deceased have been identified as: Daulatram (60), Bharat (30), Shubham (5), Chotu (5), Dilip (11), Arjun (15), Ishu (19), Ramesh (30) and Karan (28).
The DSP said the truck driver apparently could not see the procession.
He said the bodies are kept in a mortuary for postmortem and an investigation was underway.