14 people killed and 3 others injured when a mini truck carrying 17 pilgrims from Sokhda Village, collided with a truck near Valthera village in Dholka taluka of Ahmadabad late on Friday night.
The incident occured at around 11.30 pm when a group from Sokhda in Rajkot had been to Pavagadh in diwali vacation and was returning to Rajkot. The mini truck and the loading truck collided head-on on Bagodara-Kheda Highway.
According to Koth police, Hitesh Popatiya, a resident of Sokhda, has registered a complaint against a truck driver for the fatal accident. Accused in the case, the truck driver escaped the spot leaving his vehicle behind. Koth police station in Ahmadabad district has started search for the accused on the basis of the truck’s registration number. The driver of the truck caused death by negligence and rash driving.
A police investigator said, “A group of youths from Sokhda had hired an open truck to travel to Pavagadh and had been to the famous temple on Friday along with a few other places on the route and had started homeward journey on Friday evening. There were 17 persons traveling in the vehicle out of which 14 died on the spot. While some got crushed due to impact, others sustained head injuries as the open truck got overturned and they fell on the road.”
All aged between 10 to 45 years the deceased were identified as Shiva Jingariya (40), Rashik Methani (23), Jitesh Jingariya (20), Sanjay Rathod (23), Jaydeep Jingariya (44), Ramesh Sarvaiya (35), Lalo Jingariya (17), Ramesh Jingariya (17), Jayesh Jingariya (25), Mehul Jingariya (19), Dilip Jingariya (28), Damji Sarvaiya (35), Sagar Jingariya (19), Jagdish Vanaliya (32). Local administration arranged several vehicles to send the bodies to Sokhda.
The three injured, Hitesh Popatiya (18), Nitin Bhupat (17) and Devraj Haka (10) were first rushed to government hospital in Dholka and from there, they were reffered to civil hospital in Ahmadabad for further treatment.
Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Education Minister and also an MLA from Dholka Assembly constituency, rushed to the hospital and instructed authorities to assure all possible treatment to the injured.
Sokhda village observed bandh today as a mark of respect to the departed souls.