Assam: 9 people killed after auto-rickshaw collides with a speeding truck in Karimganj

Assam, Nov 11: At least nine people, including three minors, lost their lives in a head-on collision between an auto-rickshaw and a speeding truck in Assam’s Karimganj district.

In the wee hours of Thursday on National Highway 8 at the Baithakhal area under Patharkandi police station in Karimganj district along the Assam-Tripura border.

The deceased have been identified as Duja Bai Panika, Salu Bai Panika, Garuv Das Panika , Shambhu Das Panika, Lalon Guswami, Puja Gorh, Deb Gorh, Sanu Ree, Manglae Karmakar and Tupu Karmakar.

According to the reports, the deceased were returning after performing Chhath Puja rituals.

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Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to his Twitter handle and wrote, “I deeply mourn the tragic death of 9 persons in an accident at Baitakhal, Patharkhandi this morning. One injured is admitted to the hospital. @assampolice is trying to trace the driver of the truck who had fled the scene after hitting the auto deceased were travelling in.”

A police officer of Karimganj district said the accident occurred after a head-on collision between a truck and an auto-rickshaw.