18 killed as mini goods vehicle plunges into valley in Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham

The victims were returning after plucking tendu leaves from a forest in the vehicle meant for transporting goods, the police said

Published - May 20, 2024 10:22 pm IST - Kawardha (Chhattisgarh)

Locals near the site of an accident where a mini goods vehicle plunged into a gorge, in Kabirdham district, Monday, May 20, 2024.

Locals near the site of an accident where a mini goods vehicle plunged into a gorge, in Kabirdham district, Monday, May 20, 2024. | Photo Credit: PTI

Seventeen women and a man were killed and four others injured when a mini goods vehicle they were travelling in plunged into a valley in Chhattisgarh's Kabirdham district on May 20, police said.

The accident occurred at around 1.45 p.m. on Banjari Ghat near Bahpani village under Kukdur Police Station limits, an official said.

The victims were returning after plucking tendu leaves from a forest in the vehicle meant for transporting goods, he said.

The vehicle skidded off the road, tumbled down considerably and crashed onto the road below the valley, the official said.

After being alerted, a police team rushed to the spot and launched the rescue exercise, the official said.

"Twelve women and a man were killed on the spot, while nine others sustained injuries and were shifted to a hospital, where five women died," Kabirdham Superintendent of Police Abhishek Pallava said.

The remaining four injured persons, including three women, were referred for further treatment, he said.

Chief Minister Vishnu Deo Sai condoled the deaths and instructed the district administration to provide the best possible medical assistance to the injured.

"Learnt about the tragic accident in which 18 villagers died and four were injured after a pickup vehicle overturned near Bahpani village in Kabirdham district. Necessary instructions have been given to the district administration to provide better treatment to the injured. May the departed souls rest in peace, and I express my deepest condolences to their families. I pray for the speedy recovery of the injured," Mr. Sai said in a post on social media platform X.

President Droupadi Murmu on Monday expressed grief at the loss of lives in the accident, and expressed her deepest condolences to the bereaved families.

“The news of the death of many people in a road accident in Kabirdham district of Chhattisgarh is extremely sad. I express my deepest condolences to the families who lost their loved ones in this accident and pray for the speedy recovery of those injured,” the President said in a post in Hindi on X.

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